Business Plus

Many got into this industry because of a passion for plants, not a passion for business. But just because you don't call yourself business-savvy now doesn't mean you can't get there. Everything from marketing to finance, HR to succession planning -- if it's got to do with management and keeping the doors open, we got it.

Craig Regelbrugge October 10 2017

In the wake of repeated GOP failures to repeal the Affordable Care Act, conversations are shifting to more limited and bipartisan measures. On October 4, Representative Jim Renacci (R-OH), Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Representative Jim Costa (D-CA) and Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH) reintroduced H.R. 3956, the “Simplifying Technical Aspects R...

Tal Coley October 10 2017

The push for major tax reform continues to progress in Washington, since the administration and congressional leaders unveiled a more detailed tax reform framework on September 27th in Indianapolis, Indiana. From a horticulture industry perspective, the details released were mostly pos...

Craig Regelbrugge October 10 2017

On Monday, October 2, the House Judiciary Committee announced that it would consider two bills on Wednesday – the Legal Workforce Act and the Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act). The former would make the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system mandatory for all employers over a period of three years; the latter would transition the existing H-2A agricultural work...

Tal Coley September 26 2017

Transferring high-value land and other business assets to the next generation can be a big challenge in our industry. It’s no surprise that in addition to cash accounting for nurseries, the estate tax was a major point of interest and discussion at the recent Impact Washington advocacy summit.
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Craig Regelbrugge September 12 2017

We’ve all long known that trees make our cities and communities more liveable. A new study puts numbers to the benefits of urban trees in the world’s largest cities. The study, led by Dr. Theodore Endreny of the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, examined the ecosystem service benefits provided by trees in megacities ...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Following last week’s Senate health care failure, there seems to be a renewed focus by some lawmakers on targeted fixes to the ACA. We expect the Simplifying Technical Aspects of Seasonality (STARS) Act, which AmericanHort has supported in past Congresses, to be re-introduced shortly after the August recess.
 
Current law includes conflicting definitions of “seaso...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking public comment regarding its regulations defining and delimiting exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees - better known as the “white collar exemptions.” 
 
As you may recall, t...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Just about every decision Congress makes results in someone winning and someone else losing. With Congress expected to soon pivot to some form of tax overhaul, what policies and provisions are most important to horticulture? 
 
This will be the topic of the day on August 9 as AmericanHort offers two webinars to e...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Final details are coming together for the Impact Washington advocacy summit September 12 and 13 in the Nation’s Capital. Now’s the time to register if you have not done so yet.
 

Charlie Hall April 04 2017

With the first quarter of 2017 over, we have an incomplete picture of the economy. Retail sales were reported to have risen modestly in February. However, the first quarter spending total is likely to be moderately strong, but slower than in the 4th quarter 2016. Job and wage growth has been supportive, but gasoline prices have risen over the last year, decreasing household disposable income sl...

In this segment of Charlie's Angle, Charlie clarifies a couple of things from his mid-year economic outlook webinar and emphasizes that there is still time to make strategic investments in your business before the next economic downturn. These investments can be technology-related, of course, and what makes ...

A prediction revealed by the OMB Director a couple of weeks ago projected long-term, sustained economic growth of 3% in the economy over the next decade. Join Charlie as he explains what would have to happen for this prediction to actually come true. Charlie also rolls out his near-term recession forecast for the coming year.

Charlie's Angle - Time to Make Hay! -- Spring Outlook for the Green Industry
With executive orders flying off the President's desk at record pace, there are interesting ramifications (and tradeoffs) that result. Join Charlie as he discusses the green industry outlook resulting from the interest rate increases coming down the pike, current labor situation, and the pace of housing ...

In May 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final final rule doubling the salary level for "white collar" employees exempt from overtime pay, as well as the role of the overtime exemption for agricultural workers. We will discuss efforts to block the new overtime rule and possible strategies for employers to comply with the rule when it takes effect on December 1, 2016. From the...

Charlie Hall is back, and he's taking a look at how contingency plans can prevent crisis in business life and how having the right team can help prevent and adapt to economic downturns.

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