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Welby flower trials continued in 2020--with adjustments Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 05:00 AM

MirageTM Rose Bicolor Salvia greggii by Darwin Perennials Despite the cancelation of their annual event due to COVID-19 concerns, Welby Gardens continued with their 2020 summer flower trials. A total of 584 plant varieties were grown for evaluation, and voting was done over the course of a week by visitors to the facility. It was an unusual year in every aspect, and voting resulted in numerous ties.

Cyber crimes are a real threat--is your company prepared? Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 04:00 AM

cyber attackThe importance of securing your company's IT system and data have never been more important. With staff working remotely during the pandemic, new vulnerabilities arise. Business owners can help close up security gaps by stressing cyber safety as they do physical safety at work. 

In late July, the city of Lafayette suffered a cyber attack that took down their computer network. The small city paid a $45,000 ransom to the attackers in order to regain access to their files. Similar attacks have happened in small and large towns across the US, as well as at public libraries and medical centers. Taking the time to set up proper security protocols in your company can help prevent you from becoming the next victim.

Payroll tax deferral option set to take effect September 1 Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 03:00 AM

payroll taxOn August 8, President Trump issued an executive order allowing workers who earn less than $4,000 in a two-week period to defer payroll taxes between September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. It is important that employers are aware of this order and that they may need to make adjustments to payroll processing beginning in September.

PPP loan forgiveness opens, but changes are anticipated Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 02:00 AM

working on businessThe US Small Business Administration (SBA), opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness process on August 10. Loan forgiveness applications are now available at sba.govThe PPP loan program closed on August 8.

Some experts are cautioning business owners against applying for loan forgiveness right away. Just as the rules around applying for PPP funds changed after the program launched, some anticipate upcoming changes to the forgiveness process.

Lifescape earns a spot on the Inc. 5000 list Email
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 01:00 AM

financial growthFor the sixth consecutive year, Lifescape ColoradoDenver, earned a place on the Inc. 5000 list, which tracks the fastest-growing privately held companies in the US. Lifescape was the only Colorado landscape company to make the list in 2020, and it was one of eleven green industry businesses featured. 

Registering 58% three-year growth, award-winning Lifescape appeared at No. 4,907 on the list this year. The company provides full design/build/maintenance services to residential and commercial landscapes. 

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