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Worried About Recession -- Here’s How to Prepare
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Fears of a recession in late 2023 persist due to high inflation and rising interest rates. The job market remains strong, and consumers plan to adjust spending accordingly. Developing a plan is crucial.

Five New Year’s Resolutions for IGCs
by: The Garden Center Show Team

What can you do to make 2023 even better than 2022? If you’re looking for inspiration for New Year’s resolutions, here are a few ideas.

Collaboration: The IGC’s Key to Success
by: The Garden Center Show Team

No one business can capture every single customer. We all have a niche to fill, and we can coexist. As many small businesses slash marketing budgets, consider joining with other local IGCs to run ads together on a "support local businesses" theme.

Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Future of Retail
by: The Garden Center Show Team

High inflation is driving up the cost of just about everything, and cheap big-box stores are thriving as customers tighten their belts. But a recent survey by INSTORE Magazine shows that there’s reason for independent retailers to be optimistic.

Leadership, Management and Creating a Culture of Excellence
by: The Garden Center Show Team

As you know, a great team creating a great customer experience is an independent retailer's biggest competitive advantage. Join Bob Negen of WhizBang Retail Training, as he explores what a Culture of Excellence looks like and how to create one.

Why Is In-Person Interaction So Important to Building a Business?
by: The Garden Center Show Team

The pandemic forced us into awkward Zoom meetings. What makes them awkward is the lack of nonverbal communication. Video calls cannot replace or replicate the type of in-person interaction exhibitors get at a trade show.

Hiring & Recruiting Webinar
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Did you miss it? Don't worry! Here's the video replay for Andrea Hill's webinar, "Hiring & Recruiting for Independent Garden Centers." The author of "The How-to-Hire Handbook for Small Business Owners," where she shared her insights on how to turn your business into a 24/7 hiring and recruiting machine.

Independent Retailers and the Great Resignation
by: The Garden Center Show Team

This article explores how independent retailers are handling the "great resignation,” the pressure to provide more perks, pay, and flexibility to workers, and what lessons garden centers can do to retain employees.

7 Tips for Supporting Employees’ Mental Health
by: The Garden Center Show Team

The pandemic has led many working-class Americans to reconsider what they value in life, and now more than ever they are turning their backs on jobs that drain their mental health and give little in return. A myopic focus on short-term results and productivity could lead managers to ignore employees’ mental health, which will end up reducing productivity in the long run. To avoid becoming another casualty of the Great Resignation, and to attract applicants, its imperative that small business owners and managers make it clear that they are interested in protecting their employees’ mental health.

Amanda Thomsen "Into the Unknown" Replay
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Did you miss it? Don't worry! Here's the video replay for Amanda Thomsen's presentation, "Into the Unknown." She spoke at Milaeger's Garden Center in Racine, Wisconsin on November 17, 2021 to an audience of independent garden center owners and professionals.

Lost in the Weeds -- Make a Plan
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Retailers spend more time and money marketing than ever before. One way to make sure those marketing dollars perform to their full potential is to do the work of creating a marketing plan. This article talks you through the process in clear, simple detail.


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