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March 11, 2015
Satisfying the needs of today’s consumer is a challenge all growers face. But that is actually the foundation Garden State Growers in Pittstown, New Jersey, has built its business on over the past nearly 40 years. By keeping up with the latest...
January 13, 2015
Are you a great leader? If I ask several of your key team members will they confirm that your business has great leadership? What criteria would they base their answer on?  Do you believe great leaders are born or made? What does it mean to be...
January 13, 2015
For the past 44 years, the owners and staff members of Pell Greenhouse in Hudsonville, Michigan, have prided themselves in providing superb quality and excellent service. Like many other greenhouse operations, Pell Greenhouse is a family business...
January 13, 2015
As we enter into the New Year, most of us can look back on 2014 and say it has worked out better than we had expected last January when we were being covered up by Snowmagadden.  At that time, we were worried about the sluggish economy, the...
November 07, 2014
In 500 B.C., the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, “The only thing that is constant is change.” That is a philosophy that some growers in our industry have subscribed to while there have been others that haven’t. But it is the successful...
November 07, 2014
We know the greenhouse business can initially be a fairly low barrier-to-entry business requiring few credentials and a modest amount of capital relative to other small businesses.  This dynamic lends itself to many of the businesses that have...
November 07, 2014
The economy rebounded at a 4.2 percent pace in the second quarter of 2014 after contracting 2.1 percent in the first.  The 4.2 percent growth reflected growing personal consumption, private inventory investment, exports, both residential and...
November 07, 2014
Retail sales of cannabis began in Colorado on Jan. 1, 2014. Prior to the start of marijuana sales, Colorado voters last fall approved an excise tax of 15 percent that gives the first $40 million to school construction, and also a special sales tax...
September 30, 2014
Established in 1985 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Dallas Johnson Greenhouses is a relatively young operation. Founders Dallas and Kay Johnson started out with 40,000 square feet of greenhouses supplying annuals to the markets in Iowa and Nebraska. ...
September 30, 2014
I just returned from the newly revamped Cultivate conference and was saying to colleagues that it was one of the best ever. Was it the quality of the educational sessions or the continuous networking or the new events? Yes, all of the above....
September 30, 2014
Are you a born leader? This is a question that some ask of young people when they describe their potential or future. We also talk about the people meant to lead and the people meant to follow.  Regardless in which category one falls, many of...
August 26, 2014
As those of us who deal with Congress often say, it’s a year divisible by two. The entire House of Representatives is up for grabs, as is one-third of the Senate. Republicans seem to have a tailwind. They are likely to hold the House, and have a...
August 26, 2014
The lifeblood of every business is revenue, and we all want more of it. When it comes to generating it, you only have four options: 1. Sell more of the same stuff to existing clients (greater market penetration). 2. Sell to new clients (market...
August 26, 2014
Growth has always been key to Olson’s Greenhouse’s success. What started as a hobby and small operation in 1942 for Roy Olson has turned into a large business under his grandson and current owner Bart Olson.  Headquartered in Salem, Utah, the...
August 26, 2014
“I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words ... When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are...
August 26, 2014
What does leadership look like or smell like? Why are some leaders better than others? Do you know what your leadership style is? Do others think you are a good or a great leader? How often do you look in the mirror and see your leadership...
March 19, 2014
Researchers at  Harvard University, the University of California-Berkeley and the United States Treasury recently addressed the question, “Is the United States still a land of opportunity?” in the  National Bureau of Economic Research (...
March 19, 2014
I’m sure you have heard the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” I once heard that a metaphor is worth a thousand pictures.  Over the years, I have found by using metaphors to help illustrate a point, light bulbs go off (a metaphor...
March 19, 2014
What started in 1957 as a produce farm has now become an established greenhouse operation with multiple locations — Dan Schantz Farm & Greenhouses, based in Zionsville, Pa. While the product offering has changed quite a bit, Dan Schantz’s vision...
January 16, 2014
Everyone wants to grow and be successful in their personal lives and careers. Most people believe this growth is going to come from a business with great products, great service and a great team. In the 21st century, leadership skills are more...
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