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Tonight we will be broadcasting LIVE from GIE+Expo in Louisville, KY at the Landscape Management booth with Steven Cesare of The Harvest Group.
Steven will discuss:
How human resources can help you minimize your risk of lawsuits The Employee Handbook The new I-9 form The three important parts of human resources and how they can help your company grow!
Our special guest this week is Adam Sokoloff, Presdient of Sunrise Signs located in Philadelphia, P.A.
Whether you have one truck or a fleet of trucks, one employee or a hundred, how you present your company to the public is critical to creating and establishing your own unique image. Too often, landscape contractors fail to be consistent with their “branding and messaging” to their clients, creating mixed messages, causing consumer confusion and ultimately lost revenue opportunities.
On tonight’s show, we are going to discuss: What is a logo and why you must have one? Is it time to update your current logo? Color definitions and what they say about your brand Brand consistency for small businesses Small brand changes that can have a huge impact on your company How car and truck wraps can help brand your fleet Special Bonus: Free 30 minute logo review and branding consultation exclusively for FD2B listeners
Our special guest this week is Jay Murray, President of LS Training Systems. As a former landscape design/build contractor Jay understands the importance of training, not just for his employees safety and welfare but for his bottom line. Let's be honest, most contractors never seriously think about training issues until, unfortunately, something happens. Instead of thinking of this as safety training and a drain on your time and resources, think of it as equipment efficie
Our special guest is Richard Goldstein, President and Founder of Green Meadows Landscape Contractors located in Oakland, NJ
Growing a successful landscape design/build and maintenance business is incredibly difficult. Not only do we have the traditional headaches of employees and customers, managing payroll and insurance, as well as marketing and advertising. We also have to deal with the weather, language barriers, trucks and equipment and enough governmental regulations to make you want to scream.
As all of you know, despite the insanity, the real reason that we do this type of work is, quite frankly, because we love it.
On tonight’s show, we are going to discuss:
A step by step approach to growing your business Design/Build vs. Maintenance Commercial vs. Residential Best management practices (BMP’s) Job descriptions and responsibilities The importance of a good estimating system Top quality customer service How to attract good people Special Bonus: Throughout the summer call in to the show and ask a question live on the air and you’ll receive a “free 30 day membership” to FromDesign2Build.com. Remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
Our special guest this week is Jennifer Lemcke, COO of Weed Man USA.
Jennifer will discuss why you should consider a franchise and employee training!
She will talk about effective training tools for your employees, along with the pros and cons of purchasing a franchise.
Our special guest this week is Valerie Hufnagel, President and CEO of Hufnagel Landscape Design and Construction Group. Valerie has transformed a small, family owned landscaping company tha grossed $75,000 to a million dollar design/build business. She now manages and oversees a staff of 25 employees and subcontractors. She attributes much of her business success to several factors including; managing inventory, streamlining purchasing, computerizing accounting and scheduling and always focusing
Our special guest this week is Dave Maciulis, creative genius, principle designer and CEO of Natural Landscapes and the publisher of Natural Landscape Magazine.
On tonights show Dave is going use his unique ADHD powers, metrosexual style and twenty years of landscape industry wisdom and experience to enlighten all of us about the hottest trends in the green industry.
As you will hear, Dave is never satisfied with the status quo and endeavors to take everything he touches and make it better. From simple to extravagant, he loves any challenge. and is never afraid to push the envelope to create unique outdoor-living environments for his clients.
As both a landscape designer and magazine publisher Dave not only has the unique opportunity to learn about cutting edge landscape trends before you and I but also gets to try out the newest products and services before they hit the street.
Dave’s won numerous awards for both himself and local landscape contractors and has appeared as an expert on TV shows such as “Backyard Pleasures” and “Til Debt do us Part".
Tonights Special Bonus: One listener will recieve a free subscription to Natural Landscape Magazine.
Our special guest this week is Jerry McKay. Jerry is the owner and President of McKay Landscape Lighting and is the primary lighting designer for the company.
On today's show McKay will discuss the evolution of landscape lighting over the years. including the various lighting uses, styles and applications.
He will walk us through the general growth of the company from one installer to 12 employees and how to :
Create a market in your area Develop strategic partnerships Design a maintenance program Sell lighting installation service Set yourself apart from competitors We may even talk about lighting design too : )
Your host is Larry Muck Friday's show will look into how Private Lending is Changing the Investing Landscape.
Joining Larry this week is Bob Cox, Sr. Mortgage Banker with Pacific Residential Mortgage, LLC and
David F Owen, PhD, CPLA, Managing Member, Pride Of Austin Capital Partners, LLC and he serves as a member of the American Association of Private Lenders, (AAPL) Board
James Keirstead is one of Canada's foremost landscape and heritage artists. Painting with knives and oils, he has a distinctive, boldly textured, impressionistic style. His nostalgic heritage subjects and peaceful landscapes bring quiet enjoyment that have universal appeal. The angular Keirstead signature conjures up romantic images. Keirstead’s artwork includes scenes of children, dogs and young people including a hockey series. Recently he is painting modern stylized impressionisti
Our Special guest this week is Stephanie Cohen, garden expert and Perennial Diva from Collegeville, PA.
One of the top three things that clients request for their landscaping project is seasonal color year-round. One of the fastest, easiest and best ways to do this is by including perennials in your installations. The problem is that there are literally thousands and thousands of perennials to choose from, making perennial selections an overwhelming task for most contractors. And the truth of the matter is, you can’t just plant daylilies and hostas everywhere.
On tonight's show, the self proclaimed Perennial Diva, Stephanie Cohen, is going to discuss her favorite tried and true perennials (and some grasses too) that will give your clients the color that you want, while working within their budget and limiting the amount of maintenance that is required throughout the year.
Perennial garden design basics Stephanie’s Top 10 tried and true perennials Sequential color throughout the year More than just flower color Divide and conquer Perennial bed maintenance opportunities Stephanie’s bottom 10 perennials What about the natives? Perennials vs annuals Special Bonus: Stephanie will be giving away a copy of her book "The Non-stop Garden"!