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It all comes down to condos Email
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 04:00 PM

 

Condo constructionIt all comes down to condos.

For many in the construction and related industries, construction defects legislation is among the most impactful on their businesses. According to the Urban Land Institute (ULI) among others, we can expect to see more bills related to this issue in the next legislature. 

What has been termed a construction industry “smackdown,” is between developers/construction industry businesses and those who want to protect consumers from shoddy workmanship via defects litigation. In a somewhat over-simplified statement, it all comes down to condos.

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Are customers different post-recession? Email
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 03:44 PM
Customer service

Are customers different post-recession?

Random anecdotal comments snagged in the wind, so to speak, have indicated that customers this year are more demanding. Is this really the case?

ALCC decided it would be worthwhile to find out and asked members whether their customers are becoming more demanding and more difficult to please. The poll revealed definitive data about changes among landscape consumers and their expectations.

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Cara Doyle: women's roundtable has lasting effects Email
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 03:30 PM

 

Cara DoyleCara Doyle, Summit Lawn & Landscape, Fort Collins, shares the value she derived from being part of the recent CEO Exchange: Women’s Leadership Roundtable.

The part I took away most was knowing that I wasn't alone in this industry.

It was great when we sat down at lunch and were able to talk one-on-one about working with your family and having a family. It is good to know that there are other women out there who work with their husbands/fathers etc., each day and do so successfully.

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Colorado ranks high in energy efficiency Email
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 02:14 PM

 

Colorado is the seventh most energy efficient state according to WalletHub, a leading personal finance social network, which conducted research in light of October being National Energy Awareness Month. WalletHub measured the energy efficiency of cars and homes in 48 states.

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Is the cloud flooding your business with dangerous apps Email
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Thursday, October 09, 2014 02:14 PM

 

What if your company’s IT guy found out many people in your office are using unauthorized cloud-based apps?cloud computing service

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Would you be this customer service hero? Email
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Thursday, October 09, 2014 02:14 PM

Fragile package

This happens to be National Customer Service Week and here’s a local that happened this week to get you thinking.

On Monday, a shipping company which promotes itself as the “premier provider of shipping and information services worldwide” dropped off a package at a building in a multi-acre office park near Golden.

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How to assess ash trees and detect Emerald Ash Borer Email
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Thursday, October 09, 2014 02:14 PM

Emerald Ash Borer

The Colorado Emerald Ash Borer response team is offering an Emerald Ash Borer Detection & Ash Tree Assessment Workshop to help green industry pros learn how to assess ash trees and look for infestation.

The training will be offered 6 six times during November and December 2014 at the Boulder Forestry Yard, Boulder.

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Employee drug tests show highest use in 10 years Email
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Thursday, October 09, 2014 02:14 PM

 

Employee drug use is high

The percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in more than a decade and in Colorado and Washington, increases have hit double digits.

This rise is drug use is driven by marijuana and methamphetamine use according to a study released September 2014 by Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services.

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What do landscape companies and football teams have in common? Email
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 02:14 PM

Landscape business is like football


Football teams and landscape companies require leadership, dedication, commitment and a strong work ethic in order to succeed.

Just like football coaches, landscape leaders must take on many roles to ensure everyone on the team works together to achieve important goals and make operations run smoothly. There are many ways we all play a similar game – besides the fact that both games are mostly played outdoors.

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Straight talk on the landscape industry Email
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Monday, September 22, 2014 02:14 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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WARNING: Days are ticking away to get a free DOT number Email
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Monday, September 22, 2014 02:14 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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Are you making money at being green? Email
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Monday, September 22, 2014 02:14 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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New retirement account for small business employees Email
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Monday, September 22, 2014 02:14 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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