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Debt: from four-letter word to growth strategy Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

You are on the verge of signing a landscape contract with a new client—one with plenty of potential for future growth. Then the unthinkable happens: one of your company vehicles breaks down. There goes the cash you had earmarked for hiring new team members or the cash reserve you saved to avoid layoffs should the economy do the unexpected.

Many small businesses are hurting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent survey by Green Industry Pros found that COVID-19 has delayed some capital for more than 60% of respondents. Naturally, many landscape businesses are keeping a close eye on margins and cash flow: holding onto cash reserves, avoiding debt, and fighting for new business. But how can you ensure that your business survives and thrives without reliable equipment?

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Help winter workers avoid cold stress Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 02:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

If your landscape company continues to perform services over the winter months like hardscape installation and snow removal, be sure you have a safety plan in place to prevent cold stress. OSHA’s cold stress guide is not an official safety standard, but it provides information and advice to help workers avoid conditions such as hypothermia and frostbite.

The conditions that lead to cold stress vary according to the climate of the worksite. The individual worker’s health also affects how susceptible they may be to cold stress. OSHA recommends:

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Listen your way to personal and business growth Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

With the growing season over and many landscape companies slowing down for the winter months, there is an opportunity to switch focus to education and self-improvement. If you’re like most Coloradans and enjoy the great outdoors, podcasts can be a way to combine education and outdoor activity. Next time you go for a hike or a walk, pop in some earbuds and learn while you exercise. With nearly 1.7 million podcasts (with 42M+ episodes available) on Apple podcasts alone, there’s bound to be a series that fits your interests. (Data courtesy of the My Podcast Reviews service, by Daniel J. Lewis)

Looking for a new podcast to help you jumpstart your own success? Try one of these popular series:

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Ugly sweater networking event 12/10/20 Email
Written by Tammy DiFalco   
Friday, December 04, 2020 12:00 AM

Networking happy hour

Join your colleagues and friends for a much-needed break to come together (virtually) for some holiday cheer and networking. Make a drink, don something festive or come as you are, but don’t miss this chance to connect.      

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2021 board voting closes December 4 Email
Written by John McMahon   
Thursday, December 03, 2020 01:00 PM

votingFriday, December 4 is the last day to vote for the 2021 ALCC Board of Directors. Please visit this link to cast your voteBoard of Directors 2021

You must be logged in to take the form, and you may only take the form once. Each member company may submit one vote; additional ballots submitted with be disqualified. Ballots must be submitted by midnight Mountain time on December 4, 2020. If you need help with your login, contact us at 303 757-5611 or email [email protected].

 
December SLM training deadline is tomorrow, 12/4/20 Email
Written by Melissa Emdin   
Thursday, December 03, 2020 12:00 AM

SLM Training

Earn your Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) Colorado certificate online! The SLM training class on December 8 will be held online due to restrictions limiting in-person gatherings.

Learn more about SLM and register for the 4-hour webinar. After the class, attendees will take an online exam. A passing score of 70% or higher on the exam will earn attendees the SLM certificate. The training class is open to ALCC members only.

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Drought plan stage 3 activated by CO governor Email
Written by John McMahon   
Monday, November 30, 2020 04:00 PM

Polis activates stage 3 of drought plan

Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued a "Governor's Memorandum of Drought Emergency on Monday, November 30. The memo announced "Phase 3 Activation of the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan."  Read the full memorandum.
The memo represents "full activation" of the plan, including activating the Municipal Water Impact Task Force. "The initial objective of the Task Force is for water suppliers to coordinate with each other and the state going into winter to prepare for anticipated drought-related challenges and opportunities in 2021," the memo says. ALCC will monitor this situation and notify members of any actions that may impact the operations of Colorado landscape and other green industry companies. 
 
Colorado Springs Utilities earns another HIRE Vets Medallion Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 05:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Colorado Springs Utilities was awarded the HIRE Vets Medallion—Platinum for their successful efforts to recruit and hire US military veterans. This is the second time that the utility has received the award in the three years that the program has been active. 

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How a hobby became a decades-long career Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 04:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

“I feel like I learn something new every day,” says Lisa Emerson of Emerson Outdoor Design, Denver. “There’s always something new to learn.” That on-the-job continuing education has helped her company evolve over its twenty years in business.

With a background in engineering and computer software design, Emerson’s job at a software company had her traveling a lot. When her oldest child was born twenty years ago, the Denver native chose to make a career change and start her own business, The Urban Garden, around her hobbies of gardening and design.

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Fulfilling her innate talent as a gardener Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 03:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Debbie Stavish, owner, gardener and designer at Deb’s Gardening, LLC, founded her company in2001 after working with another small gardening business for about a year and a half. Deb’sGardening was a one-person company for a short time until she hired a helper while she was pregnant and caring for an infant who was born in 2002. During this time, she also earned her master Gardener Certificate from El Paso County.

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To party or not to party--and how Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 01:00 AM

Colorado Green Now

Amid the challenges of 2020, showing employee appreciation is as important as ever. Wondering how to handle your usual end-of-year holiday celebrations? Employers Council has some considerations you should make as you decide what to do. [video after the jump]

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Ugly sweater networking event Dec. 10 Email
Written by Tammy DiFalco   
Monday, November 23, 2020 08:00 AM

Networking happy hour

Join your colleagues and friends for a much-needed break to come together (virtually) for some holiday cheer and networking. Make a drink, don something festive or come as you are, but don’t miss this chance to connect.      

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REMINDER: Voting is open for 2021 board of directors Email
Written by John McMahon   
Friday, November 20, 2020 10:00 AM

This is a reminder that voting is open for the 2021 ALCC Board of Directors. Please see the links below to cast your vote.

At its meeting on October 29, the ALCC Board of Directors approved a slate of officers and directors for the 2021 calendar year. View and vote for the slate via this link: Board of Directors 2021

You must be logged in to take the form, and you may only take the form once. Each member company may submit one vote; additional ballots submitted with be disqualified. Ballots must be submitted by midnight Mountain time on December 4, 2020. If you need help with your login, contact us at 303 757-5611 or email [email protected].

 
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