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Leading your business through the pandemic Email
Written by Paige Kelly   
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 05:00 AM

business strategyLast Friday, April 3, Lawn & Landscape held a webinar on COVID-19 in the green industry, moderated by editor Brian Horn. The panel of columnists Jim Huston, Ed Laflamme, and Bruce Wilson discussed how to operate a successful green industry business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics included communications, managing customers who canceled services, and growth opportunities. We found five key takeaways from that discussion.

Worksite safety is more important than ever Email
Written by John McMahon   
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 04:00 AM

Man in safety PPEThe decision to continue services is an individual choice that landscape companies must make based on the definition of “essential business” or “critical services” as it applies to each project. Each company must use their best judgment and determine its workload based these definitions of essential services. It’s very important that company owners and leaders talk with employees about why they are an essential service and provide them guidance in this matter.

FFCRA: tax credits, paid sick leave, economic injury disaster loans, and more Email
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 03:00 AM

US CapitolThe first of three relief packages approved to date by Congress was HR 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). It was passed on March 18 and took effect April 1, 2020. On April 3, the US Department of Labor (DOL) announced additional guidance regarding paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave from the act.

The materials include:

CARES Act resources for businesses Email
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 02:00 AM

calculatorThe US Senate’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act (S.3548) provides emergency loans, tax credits, grants and more to address the economic impact of the pandemic. In addition to the law itself, government agencies have released guidance and instructions to help citizens take advantage of the aid provided.

Landscape companies adapt amid the COVID-19 pandemic Email
Written by Cherie Courtade   
Tuesday, April 07, 2020 01:00 AM

business planningLandscape companies are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic in different ways. Some are able to continue working under the “essential services” definition in Colorado. Others have opted to delay operations they deem non-essential in order to “flatten the curve” and keep their team and the public safe. All companies must alter their operations in some way and find new ways to be successful.

ALCC is sharing resources and ideas from Colorado landscape companies on its blog. Below are some of the anecdotes shared with ALCC in the last two weeks:  

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