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 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...

AmericanHort Contributor January 20 2020

American businesses are on the threshold of the next presidential election year, and the uncertainty of what’s to come and who assumes office is prompting businesses to ensure they are taking every advantage of the lowest tax rates and highest exemptions available under the current tax code.
 
Being proactive now can ensure that you capitalize on some o...

Tristan Daedalus January 20 2020

The trucking sector has undergone several regulatory changes over the past few years.  Altogether, these changes have made shipping green products slightly more complicated.  AmericanHort has been on the forefront of this fight, working to make the regulatory environment cleare...

Download slides here
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.

AmericanHort + MPS present Spotlight on Sustainability with Chris McCorkle of McCorkle Nurseries Inc.

Dick Kramp, Founder & CEO of AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands will be presenting on growing crops with the highest possible yield and quality by creating the optimal environment in your growing facility through cogeneration. Well-integrated cogeneration, supplying heat, electricity, and CO2, can help you to achieve these goals for the lowest possible price. 

This panel discussion is an opportunity to hear from garden center owners on their experience using the financial metrics discussed in the Industry Insider Report: Garden Retail Profitability like pricing...

Are you a greenhouse grower who ships to the Canadian market? If so, you should learn about the newly revised U.S. – Canada Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program, or GCP for short. The GCP can make exporting easier for participating growers by allowing them to ship with a special sticker rather than having to get and pay for an inspection and phytosanitary certificate for each a...

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance in the landscape industry, and particularly with labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. AmericanHort will moderate a presentation by WHD officials, who will provide an overview of the nation-wide initiative, relevant laws, common violations, and resource...

In any given year, about 1 in 10 employees will come to work high or drunk. Do you have a system in place to detect and respond to intoxicated or high workers? In this session, attendees will learn the latest laws and regulations regarding accommodating medical marijuana, handling employee use of prescription opioids (especially when they may operate machinery), and drug tests.
Want m...