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Fort Collins water restrictions include ban on lawn watering Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 03:00 AM

No waterThe City of Fort Collins has instituted water restrictions due to ongoing drought conditions. Among the restrictions is a ban on landscape watering beginning October 1. The ban will remain in effect until an order of the City Manager lifts it; city officials expect that order to be made by November 30. A declaration made on Friday, September 11 declared the water restrictions, which affect both indoor and outdoor water use.

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DOL proposes rule to clarify independent contractor vs. employee status Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 02:00 AM

WorkersThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced this morning that it has issued a proposed rule that would help clarify the definition of independent contractor. The rule includes an "economic reality" test and questions that employers can ask to help them determine classification of the worker.

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Pandemic, storms continue to affect supply chain Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 01:00 AM

PVC pipesEnvironmental factors continue to affect supplies for the landscape industry. Hurricanes in the South and fires in the West have disrupted a market that was already experiencing delays and shortages due to the pandemic. A robust market and increased demand for landscaping services has put further strains the market, according to some sources.

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Education becomes a community opportunity for Tree of Life Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 05:00 AM

Tree of Life LandscapesEach year, the Tree of Life Landscapes team gathers to discuss their strategic plan for the coming year. In 2018, company leaders asked staff, “What do you need for inspiration?” That discussion led them to offering a day of education to benefit not just the Tree of Life team but their green industry colleagues.

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Weather-related messaging available for landscape pros Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 04:00 AM

Snow on green leavesThis week’s weather caught many Coloradans off-guard. The temperature swing’s timing just after the Labor Day holiday weekend also complicated efforts to communicate with and prepare clients for the coming wild weather. Depending on how today’s weather plays out, there may be some tree damage or even sprinkler damage to address in the coming days. [ALCC members: log in to access a downloadable PDF]

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National Preparedness Month is more relevant than ever Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 03:00 AM

Disaster Preparedness MonthSeptember is National Preparedness Month, and several government agencies have partnered to present a disaster preparedness webinar for small business owners. The webinar, “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make your Plan Today,” takes place Wednesday, September 16 at noon. Registration is now open for this free webinar.

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Small Business Week goes virtual in rescheduled event Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 02:00 AM

Virtual meetingThe US Small Business Association has announced its annual National Small Business Week (NSBW), rescheduled from its original May date. “Recovery, Adaptation, and Innovation” is the theme of what has now become a virtual conference scheduled for September 22-24, 2020.

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Landscape contractors invited to Colorado Springs Utilities meeting Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 01:00 AM

Colorado Springs UtilitiesColorado Springs Utilities will host its Fall State of Utilities Business Customer Meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 AM. The virtual meeting will be hosted by CEO Aram Benyamin and the office team of Springs Utilities. They will discuss issues that impact area businesses and the community.

The meeting will cover Springs Utilities’ sustainable energy plan and implementation of their integrated resource plan, the 2021 budget and rates, and other major projects planned. Business leaders should RSVP online to receive a link to attend the Microsoft Teams meeting and to submit questions in advance of the meeting.

 
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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