Compiled by Toni Stewart, SBDCNet Researcher
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Landscape and Lawncare
- Lawn and Landscape – portal to the industry with an annual “State of the Industry” report with housing starts, growing firms, hiring and wages; member surveys on “Business Composition” and “Mowing”; supplier directory; trade shows; business forms, management, snow business, irrigation, and design.
- American Nursery & Landscape Association – offers industry statistics on consumer spending, fact sheets on consumers, plant patent information; fees for manuals on garden center management, operations, estimator guide, and business forms.
- Associated Landscape Contractors of America – covers landscape maintenance, installation, design/build contractors and interior landscape; fees for publications on design, specifications, estimating, business management, sales and marketing, certification, and training; “State of Industry” reports under “Consumers”.
- Landscape Online – locator of landscape professionals and supplies; list of national manufacturers, associations, and schools; search articles and editorials.
- Lawn Service – chat forum; electronic book for calculations, estimating and agreements; equipment list.
- Professional Grounds Management Society – fees for guidelines to operations, grounds estimating, management, and job descriptions; sponsors trade events and certification; booklets on routine pruning, herbicides and equipment service manuals on string trimmers and mowers; salary survey results.
- Professional Lawn Care Association of America – highlights include “start a lawn care business” checklist, “business tip of the week” and archive, and “growing an existing business”; offers industry profile and statistics.
- Landscape Management – industry news and events, features best practices, current state of the industry with charts.
- American Society of Landscape Architects – Offers publications/news releases on the industry.
Handyman and Remodeling
- Handyman Business – brief overview of handyman business.
- National Association of the Remodeling Industry – information about the remodeling industry.
- Get a Quote – National construction estimator.
- Remodeling Online – trade journal for the remodeling industry.
- Handyman Center – offers discussion boards, contractor lists, and hints for projects.