If you can’t beat them, join ‘em.  This is the philosophy that Marc Brockhausen, owner of Gardenland Garden Centre Inc. in southern Ontario, has incorporated into his approach when dealing with box store competition.
I always thought that the unspoken rule of thumb when it came to Christmas displays in a retail store was no sooner than November 1st.  The pumpkins and witches would then be replaced with poinsettias and elves.  Maybe this rule only applies to North America.
Shoplifting, which I’m sure you’re very well aware of, is theft of merchandise for sale in a retail establishment.  It’s one of the most common crimes that police and the courts in Canada deal with.
The debate over whether to ban the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes is a continuing saga, which doesn’t seem to have a foreseeable resolution in the near future.
Changes implemented by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) last year could be holding up your Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund. As a greenhouse operator, you may be expecting your GST refund from your expenses incurred early in the year. Having your refund delayed could cause cash flow interruptions. These changes also introduced punitive measures restricting the deductibility of penalties and interest.
Agriculture is one of the most physically and fiscally demanding careers. Forget about the loonie at par, rising labour and fuel costs, and the toll the industry can take on the sleep patterns of today’s greenhouse growers.
Get ready to crunch those numbers - tax time is quickly approaching for businesses across Canada. In order to prepare you for the extra pile of paperwork associated with tax returns, we spoke with Canada Revenue Agency to compile a list of tax tips and common errors to make sure your returns are error-free and up to par.
As the owner of a flourishing garden centre, I’m sure you’re always looking for ways to improve your business.  One-way of attracting more attention to your business is by creating a company web site or reevaluating your existing one.
A passion for lilies plus hard work, cooperation and innovative marketing have been the keys to success for Earth Bound Perennials and Garden in Red Bay, north of Sauble Beach and Wiarton on Ontario’s Lake Huron.
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited announced the construction of a 1.5 million square foot distribution centre in Coteau du Lac, Quebec, beginning in the Fall of 2006 to support Canadian Tire Retail’s continued growth and expansion in Eastern Canada.
Festive Holiday TrendsThe blooms of the annuals and perennials in the garden have been spent and pumpkins, vibrant mums, and whimsical scarecrows are replacing them on doorsteps across Canada.
Home Depot Donates More Than 18,000 Hours of Community ServiceThe Home Depot marked the start of its fourth annual month of service this past September. The Home Depot led 3,500 volunteers in donating 18,000 hours to community projects across Canada.
Canadian Garden Centre & Nursery magazine is adding something new this year.
When it’s time to bulk up for spring sales, one of our most precious resources are people.  In the garden centre world, we all rely on a number of avenues to attract both part-time and full-time help for the spring rush. 
Seven Keys to Running a Successful BusinessSuccess does not happen by itself; it’s up to us to make it happen. Successful people claim to be in control, knowing what goes on around them. Success is being prepared for opportunity when it presents itself.

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