Month: April 2020

Common Misconceptions About Landscape Design

The secret to successful landscaping is the right plant material selection. Picking plant colors that compliment your overall property theme are just as important as selecting your “live elements” with a purpose. What I mean by purpose is taking into consideration your focal points, whether you want shade, a barrier from noisy neighbors or erosion control and yard drainage.

Something else to think about is screening. Do you have air conditioning condensers sitting on the ground out in the open? How about your garbage cans, garden hoses or even a storage shed? Screening these types of items with plants or shrubs can go a long way to enhancing your landscape design.

When you make the right plant selection for the right purpose, it contributes to a manageable, Trusted outdoor kitchens designer New orleans that will work well for you and your family.

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This Franchisee Says He’s All About Renewal — of Carpets and Wood, That Is.


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Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email [email protected]

Glenn Buckland was a customer service manager in an Austin, Texas, grocery almost three decades ago, when he decided to get off that particular career ladder. “I liked the idea of having something that was mine even better,” Buckland recalls thinking. So, he purchased a Chem-Dry franchise there in Texas and, following a move to New Mexico, an existing Chem-Dry in Albuquerque. He then added an N-Hance Wood Renewal franchise to his business portfolio. While the two businesses made seem different on the surface, what Buckland says they have in common is proprietary technological advances together with eco-friendly techniques that he believes lifts both above their respective competitors.

Glenn Buckland

Name: Glenn Buckland

 

Franchise owned: My original Chem-Dry

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What’s Hot in Franchising? The Big Takeaways From Our Franchise 500 Ranking. #Franchise500


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From year to year, the Franchise 500® has mirrored business and societal trends throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond. New franchise categories rise up — sometimes suddenly — while familiar brands sometimes lose a little luster. For example, take the dominant sector in our list, Food/Quick Service. Last year it represented 20.8 percent of our rankings. This year it has shrunk to 19.2 percent. Yes, that is a small drop, and yes, the category still accounts for 177,922 units worldwide. But it’s a slide that’s indicative of changing tastes among consumers.

Fast-casual concepts and the push for fresher ingredients — the “Chipotle” model, if you will — have garnered an outsized buzz and customer base in the last couple of years. But this tilt also represents an opportunity for established franchisors

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This Franchise Knows Just How Cool (and Hot) It Is for a Woman to Own and Operate an HVAC Business


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Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees.

Growing up in Midland, Texas, Mandy Solis hardly dreamed about working one day with heating and air-conditioning systems and a compressor — much less working alongwide a crew of men. “I knew there was a thermostat and a system, and that was about it,” Solis says today.

But some time after starting as a part-time customer service representative at One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, Solis realized she wanted a deeper role in the company. So, she worked her way up, learning about heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and eventually becoming general manager, before purchasing the company last summer. Now 31, and the mother of three, Solis owns and operates this franchise, which serves Midland, Odessa and the Permian Basis and has grown to a dozen employees.

“I was luck

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