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New retirement account for small business employees Email
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Written by Becky Garber   
Monday, September 22, 2014 12:14 PM

Piggy bank

 

The Small Business Administration is promoting a new retirement savings account which will allow owners of small businesses to provide a simple, safe and affordable way to help employees start saving.

The program – “myRA” (“My Retirement Account”) - will be initially available only through employers and the investment held in the account will be backed by the U.S. Treasury.

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Straight talk on the landscape industry Email
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Written by Becky Garber   
Monday, September 22, 2014 12:14 PM

Jim McCutcheon, PLANET


What’s the outlook for Colorado’s landscape industry in terms of greatest threats and best opportunities for the next 5 to 10 years? What defines success – growth, profitability, consistency? How fair are wages in the green industry? What’s the role of sustainability? How will technology shape how we do business?

How do your answers to these questions fit in with what others are saying?

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Are you making money at being green? Email
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Written by Becky Garber   
Monday, September 22, 2014 12:14 PM

Recycle bins


What is our industry doing to take advantage of growing environmental awareness?

Not much. The green industry is way behind other industries when it comes to promoting and marketing green. That’s partly because no one is asking us for the service. It is also because when we do provide a naturally green product or service, we fail to promote it or to think about related opportunities.

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WARNING: Days are ticking away to get a free DOT number Email
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Written by Becky Garber   
Monday, September 22, 2014 12:14 PM

landscape truck

When a landscape company’s truck with trailer is pulled over by a state trooper, one of the top two most common violations is lack of US DOT markings on the truck.

Troopers with the Colorado State Patrol readily admit that landscape industry vehicles are some of the least compliant with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.

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What are the odds you'll be audited Email
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Written by Becky Garber   
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:14 PM

It's not a random roll of the dice. According to the numbers from ALCC’s recent poll, chances are about 50/50 that your payroll or tax records will be audited by the federal government, state government or a local jurisdiction.

Fifty-four percent (54%) of all respondents said they had not been audited by any agency during the last 4 years – and a number of companies have never been audited. Still, 30% of respondents said that they have been audited by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – and the overwhelming majority of them were audited during 2014. Many are still waiting to learn the outcome.

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