Companies seek to protect branded plant patents
Proven Winners Color Choice®, Encore® Azaleas, Endless Summer Collection®, First Editions®, The Knock Out® Family of Roses, Drift® Roses, and Southern Living® Plant Collection are joining forces in a new enterprise aimed at protecting their plant patents and branded programs.

Ten YouTube tips for small businesses
Using YouTube is easy. Getting noticed, however, is an entirely different story. Here are 10 quick tips you can use to build a successful YouTube channel for your business.
Sometimes a change of perspective is good. At the end of May, I accompanied a friend to a garden centre to see the experience through her eyes. She’s a great example of a first-time garden centre customer who has the potential to become a lasting one, with a little work.

Reduce your stress, increase your margins
Next week's Greenhouse Canada Grower Day educational sessions have been finalized, and each of them has ideas to help with your improved efficiency and cost-management goals.
I always believe there is a better way to do things. If I am doing something the same way, year after year, I get the feeling that I am missing something – an improvement of some sort – with what I am doing.

National Plastic Recycling Event returns

Garden centres across the country are coming together to participate in the second annual National Plastic Recycling Event, June 25 to July 4.

Fire at the table brings a spark to outdoor life
The outdoor room continues to evolve, as homeowners place a high value on open-air living and seek to integrate it into their lifestyles.

Grower Day goal is to help
cut your costs… and stress

Looking to reduce costs and stress, and increase efficiency and sales? Look no further! Some of the answers will be highlighted next month (June 17) at the annual Greenhouse Canada Grower Day at the Best Western Brant Park Inn Conference Centre in Brantford, Ont. The focus is on Lean Greenhouse Management.

AMI: planning for success pays off

Farmers actively engaged in business management planning practices are seeing increased growth, while their counterparts who generally do not undertake farm business management planning activities are faced with lower or declining incomes.

OFA offering free online education

OFA is now offering FREE educational opportunities at your fingertips. All you need is a computer, Internet connection, speakers or a phone, and 30 minutes. It's as simple as clicking on a link. 

How to work on your business instead of in it

Most entrepreneurs would agree that their goal as small business owners is to reach that utopian place where they are working on the business instead of in the business. Here's how you can achieve this goal.

If you're going to spy,
do it right

In business, there are some dirty jobs. Carrying out competitive intelligence is one of them. If you're looking to spy on your competitors, here are four straightforward ways to go about it.

Google to offer websites to Canadian small business

Google aims to give away thousands of websites to small Canadian businesses to encourage them to establish an online presence.

Future of family business ownership in question
Nearly half of Canadian family business owners have not chosen their next business leader, exposing a lack of succession planning, according to a recent study.

The Complete Guide to Garden Center Management

International retail consultant John Stanley brings insights and perspectives from other retail markets to help garden centres compete with the lifestyle choices their customers face when looking to spend their leisure dollars.

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