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.

AmericanHort Contributor June 08 2020

The Foundation of Everything

By Nancy Hintz, Senior Human Capital Advisor at BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group
Take a step back and look at your company. Do the people seem genuine? Do you feel as though they are making significant progress in reaching the organization’s goals and ambitions? Do you believe in your people, your pro...

AmericanHort Contributor June 08 2020

By: Rick Alaniz, Alaniz Law & Associates

Continued Layoffs

Over the past eight weeks or so we have seen millions of employees furloughed or laid off as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across our country. Job losses occurred in almost all industries, including employers big and small. The hospitality industry had 83% of employers conductin...

AmericanHort Contributor April 28 2020

By Tom McInerney, Founder, M4 Advisors LLC

It is no secret that the recent pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, pressuring businesses across all industries to take severe measures to “weather the storm” to ensure their survival. As businesses, both large and small, are forced to rapidly address their liquidity positions, we increasingly h...

Charlie Hall April 28 2020

As I write this column, the country is in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, with almost 900,000 cases and over 49,000 deaths in the US to date. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc from a national health perspective, as well as an economic perspective. But before I discuss the economic crisis, allow me to share background details of the virus itself.

Charlie Hall March 18 2020

In an age of tight margins, it is essential for firms to have full and accurate information about inflationary trends so that they can better understand the cost of operating their business for managerial decision-making such as SKU rationalization, customer profitability analyses, and determining the need for price increases. The use of the standard Producers Price Index (PPI) and

Tristan Daedalus March 17 2020

Business owners know that key to long-term business preparedness is certainty and a legal framework that can be understood and planned for. Increasingly, business owners across America with a passion for horticulture are facing legislative and regulatory uncertainty as state and federal governments and agencies reevaluate and revamp that existing framework.  Policy conversations can move q...

AmericanHort Contributor February 27 2020

It is difficult to deny that there has been an ever-increasing secularization of our society. Despite this significant trend, employers today are still being confronted with issues related to their employees’ religious beliefs. The issues arise in a variety of contexts. Among the most common have been issues related to conflicts between an employer’s dress code and the religious clo...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2020

By Holly Scoggins, Director of Educational Programming, AmericanHort

A good portion of my academic career has been spent advising horticulture undergraduates in both coursework and internship/career options. At Virginia Tech, literally hundreds of internship opportunities come through the “hortmajors” email listserv each semester - public horticulture, landscape ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 14 2020

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney

Every business faces its share of challenges. Some are beyond our control, such as economic uncertainty, declines in customer spending, and regulatory factors. Other challenges encompass the creative innovation, development, and marketing...

Tristan Daedalus February 14 2020

By Tristan Daedalus & Jill Calabro, PhD

What is SCRI and what does it do?

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative, or SCRI, is a program housed in the USDA’s Nati...

Meet Liz Lark-Riley, managing director at Rockledge Gardens, the largest and most complete garden center and nursery in Brevard County and central coastal Florida. Rockledge Gardens has
    been family owned and operated since 1960 and is known as the one-stop resource for the best in Florida gardening. Liz’s background in events, marketing, and performing arts have prepa...

2020 has been a year filled with challenges. Many are innovating by using this unique time to strategize on how the challenges they are faced with can turn into opportunities of growth for their company and clients alike.

But how do you do this and stay true to your current practices and accounts while also captivating and servicing your new customer base?

The Oakland Gre...

Cari Peters is proud to be following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps as the third generation of the Peters at the J.R. Peters company where she currently serves as Vice President.

Vegetable and herb transplants were “garden stars” at retail this past spring and All-America Selections remains at the forefront of breeding trends and consumer demands when it comes to edibles. Join this session to learn more about the trending varieties and assortments you can and should grow for 2021, with some production and retail insights included. Plus get the latest updates...

AmericanHort will host a webinar to help green industry businesses and HR professionals plan for the 2021 season using H2 workers, J-1 interns, and other common visa types. Come listen to experts who will share informed opinions on what employers might expect as you navigate the approval process for 2021.


This program will feature brief agency updates from Kristi B...

Jennifer Moss, AmericanHort GenerationNext Community Connector, Moss Greenhouses and Mary Beth Cowardin Vice President Membership and Strategic Engagement. In this interview, we will hear from Jennifer Moss, owner and director of sales and marketing at Moss Greenhouses in Jerome, Idaho.

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Join AmericanHort staff along with senior associates Kala Jenkins and Beth Swanson from K-Coe Isom, the nation’s leading agricultural consulting and accounting firm, to discuss recent developments on the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protec...

Susie Raker-Zimmerman, AmericanHort Chairwoman of the Board, Raker-Roberta's Young Plants & Mary Beth Cowardin Vice President Membership and Strategic Engagement.  In this interview, we will hear from Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Vice President of Raker Roberta’s Young Plants.

In an instant, nearly every business has shifted to remote working to protect it's employees and public health. But it doesn't take long to realize that virtual communication is anything but business as usual. In this session, Neal Glatt will walk attendees through the communication changes and cultural shifts that drive them in the past, present, and future to equip you for success.

Join AmericanHort Advocacy & Policy Communications Director Tristan Daedalus, Director of Government Affairs Tal Coley, K-Coe Principal Bryce Gibbs, and Smith & Howard partner Tim Howe for an in-depth discussion on the internet sales tax and what it has meant for businesses since the Wayfair decision last August.