International Day of Happiness #HAPPYDAY, via #PHARRELL @silveroak @twomey

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Hi there friends…

Let me say that life and work and family and friends and everything in-between has been quite busy for some time, hence the lack of writing.  That needs to change, and as a result, it will.

The signature line on my email, courtesy of the HOLSTEE Manifesto says:

“Life is about the people you meet and what you create with them. So, go out and start creating.”

I truly believe this is the mantra of my life, and should be a part of everyones lives around them.  I love people.  I love relationships.  I love building business and friendships via the same parallel lines.  It’s been the way I’ve always been.

I didn’t know this until an hour ago, but today is the International day of Happiness.  Did you know that?

Well, ironically, as recent as yesterday, I was talking to a friend about Pharrell Williams and his song “HAPPY” – I’m sure you’ve heard it.  It’s catchy.  It’s simple.  It’s positive.  It’s awesome.  And it’s HAPPY.  Just makes you want to sing, dance, clap and shout out to everyone around you how happy you are.  And happiness to me is surrounding myself with amazing people in everything I do.

My good friends at Silver Oak and Twomey shot a video for #HAPPYDAY of their team dancing, clapping and sharing their joy to be alongside one another, their businesses, their community, their industry, and their clients.

If you’ve ever been to Napa or Sonoma, you’ll love the video simply for the shots of the area.  If you love the song and the concept, you’ll love it times 10.  Trust me.

Take a watch, take a listen, celebrate being #HAPPY in all you do.  I know I did.  :)

(If you want to link directly to the video, please click HERE)

Will you join us on March 13th in New York?

Hey everyone – Please watch the video below and if you’re in the New York area on March 13th, please join us – the registration form link is below the video!  Hope to see you there!!

Here is the link for the registration form.

Now Hiring: Maintenance Division Sales and Production Manager

Now Hiring Lawn Care Branch Manager in Winchester VAOur client’s Landscape Design/Build and Maintenance firm in Northern Virginia (Sterling) is hiring the latest member of our growing team. A Maintenance Division Sales and Production Manager is largely responsible for adding new clients, selling additional work to existing client, delivering amazing and proactive customer service, completing property inspections, and some management of the various landscaping crews.

Position includes: sales, estimating, quality control, customer service, and client management.

This position requires at least 3+ years of lawn and landscape maintenance experience, and at least 1+ years of field experience. Must have verifiable sales and customer service experience, incredible communication and organizational skills, along with extensive maintenance experience and knowledge.

Please submit your confidential cover letter and resume for immediate consideration via this link.

PODCAST: Jason Cupp and Chuck Bowen discuss Problems with Banks and Lenders @lawnlandscape

For the last many years, I’ve been lucky to connect with my buddy Chuck Bowen, Editor of Lawn and Landscape, via phone every month. Chuck and I talk about the landscape and green industry, business trends, economic trends, sales strategies, customer service, and we do a LOT of laughing. Since the Green Industry is where I got my start in business, it has always been great to connect with an esteemed colleague and talk shop.

At some point in 2013, after I was sharing a few “major hurdles” that consulting clients were going through in their businesses, Chuck asked me, “Jason, how do we tell these stories to other business owners, while keeping these confidential?” It was a great question. Having been someone who has been through a LOT of trials and tribulations, along with success, in business, I knew the story needed to be told.

This Podcast Series was born. Chuck and I will get together and record our telephone conversations from time to time and put it out there for business owners of all kinds to hear, and hopefully, learn from. SO, listen. Yes, it is long, but I think its worth it if you’ve ever borrowed money from a bank.

As always, I welcome your awesome feedback!

Video link if the player doesn’t show below.

$5,000 in Horticultural Scholarships from @LawnLandscape – Act Fast!

Garden PathIf you know any students enrolled at a recognized two-or four-year college or university, working toward a degree in horticulture, environmental science or other field related to a segment of the green industry, and you think they might be interested in a $2,500 scholarship – please send them this blog post.

Lawn & Landscape, and its parent company, GIE Media has established a fund to support academic scholarships and business internship placements for outstanding college students focused on leading in the green industry. GIE Media is giving away 2 scholarships of $2,500 each.

Lawn & Landscape is good friend’s business, and this program is designed to help develop some of the brilliant minds in the green industry, but the clock is ticking – applications must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2014.

The deadline to apply is April 15. You can find the application and more information here.

Successful companies are always looking to the future to find ways to develop the next generation of talent, ensuring the success of our industry.  Kudos to Lawn & Landscape, and GIE Media, for demonstrating this level of forward thinking.

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