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 December 02 2016

The federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) protects agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from occupational exposure to pesticides. The responsibility for providing WPS protections rests with the employer. Horticultural growers are most affected by WPS compared to other less-intensive agricultural producers because they have more workers performing hand-labor with pesticide-treated plan...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

One of the requirements to graduate with a four-year degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University is to complete a three month internship in one’s field of interest. Like many things in life, I’m given a relatively simple task…and the promptly take it to an absurd level, and then double my response. My father wasn't a huge fan of this tactic. For example as a 10-...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

It hardly seems possible, but Cultivate’16 is right around the corner, July 9-12 in Columbus, Ohio. Cultivate currently holds the ranking of number 132 on Trade Show News Network’s list of the top 250 trade shows (across all industries). With a trade show of this size and scope, this is a lot to see, so it’s important to make the most of your time.
Here are our tips for...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

Whether you are selling business to business or direct to the consumer, finding just the right approach to the sale can be a little tricky. We recently asked some of our members for their best sales tips, and here’s what they had to say:
How do you successfully engage a prospective customer from the beginning of the interaction?
When working with a p...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

It’s hard to believe that another California Spring Trials has come and gone. If you had a chance to attend this year’s event, you know that each stop was filled with fresh ideas, inspiration, and lots of excitement over what is to come in our industry. If you weren’t able to make it this year, allow us to share some of what we saw during our journey.
 

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

Social media can be a powerful tool in promoting your business; however there is no one size fits all solution. This is especially true in the horticulture industry where there are different types of businesses with different target audiences (consumers, businesses, etc.). Each of these types will have a very different approach to social media including what to share, how to connect, and why th...

John Dole August 12 2016

Can you imagine a future without horticulture? We all know horticulture is essential to our lives, but did you know there are more jobs available in the industry than there is talent to fill them? One initiative is primed to change this.

Kathy Fediw August 12 2016

Nearly every business in the horticulture industry has a need to hire temporary or seasonal employees, depending on their “peak season.” The early and late spring planting season is peak for many garden centers, nurseries, growers, and landscape businesses. For interiorscapers, the holiday decorating season is usually the peak season, often requiring hiring additional labor to work ...

Craig Regelbrugge August 12 2016

Horticultural employers across America report that it’s tougher than ever to recruit, train, and retain a qualified and dedicated workforce. This is true for both entry-level laborers and supervisory or technical staff.
 
We can rant about many contributing factors: the lack of a well-developed work ethic in many young people; a too-generous social safety net that make ...

Bernie Erven October 12 2015

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Fall 2011 OPGMA Today.

“I dread job interviews.” Both job applicants and employers wanting to hire the right people sometimes mutter these words of frustration. The applicant suffers the pressure of finding a job that is a right fit or perhaps is desperate to find a job. Employers simply want to ...

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.
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Business software comes in many shapes and sizes, but how do you know what system is right for your company? In this webinar, learn the building blocks of business systems, the relationship between growth and complexity, how to know if your business is ready for a change, and the keys to a successful implementation. 

Presenter: Greg Lafferty, Senior Account Manager, Pract...

Andy Bruney of T. Load Specialties will give insights and advice on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. He'll be explaining how these new regulations are impacting the logistics industry while also taking a closer look at the impact they have on the horticulture industry. This webinar is aimed to help shippers and receivers be more prepared for the upcoming season as motor carri...

Industry Insider Report: A Perspective on Profit Margin – this is a panel discussion with Charlie Hall, AmericanHort’s Chief Economist and three industry members. They discuss what they learned from the information shared in the series of Industry Insider Report videos and share some of the practices they are putting in place in their own businesses to help address these market dyna...