Published Apr. 27, 2011
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Changing the services allowed Atlanic Property Maintenace to succeed in spite of the poor economy.
Joseph Sepe had a problem. His Palm Coast company was providing landscaping and janitorial services to homes and small businesses and it was losing customers due to cut-backs resulting from the bad economy. Expenses had been cut to the bone but it was still very difficult to see how he could keep his company going.
Joseph decided to seek the assistance of the SCORE Chapter in Palm Coast in early 2009 and met with Roger Leverton, Branch Manager and one of his counselors, Ken Harple. They did an analysis of the services he provided and together they realized that he had far more to offer than just landscaping and janitorial services. In fact, he was effectively able to offer a one-stop/one-call building maintenance service .
According to Joseph, “Based on Roger and Ken’s review and recommendations we changed the name of my company to reflect the wide range of services we were able to provide. We printed up new business cards and flyers and set up a web site. They helped me realize that there was a new opportunity to work with local banks to fix up their repossessed mortgage properties and keep them properly maintained on an on-going basis.” Roger and his counselor pointed out that this same kind of service could be offered to local Property Managers and Realtors both in the Residential and Commercial markets. This opened up a whole new opportunity for us. We now run 3 divisions Landscape, Janitorial and Construction Services which is more of a building maintenance division. We have been marketing these services and it has really become a strong side of our business. Roger and the SCORE Organization have really been a valuable asset to my company”.
So far Atlantic Property Maintenance has grown from 2 employees to 5 and the future looks promising for further growth. We are happy that we were able to assist Joseph and wish him nothing but continued success and rewards for his hard work and willingness to make changes as they are required.
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Published Apr. 22, 2011
Green business is an area of incredible opportunity and growth right now. (A green business, for our purposes, is a business that either sells environmentally-friendly products and/or that runs its business in an eco-friendly manner. These are also sometimes called sustainable businesses.)
Now it is true that the green market is currently a bit of a niche market, but what a niche it is! It is exactly the sort of market most small businesses yearn for: People willing to put their money where their values are. A recent study by the Natural Marketing Institute found that 23% of the U.S. adult population makes up the green market given they have a “profound sense of environmental and social responsibility.” That’s 50 million people folks. No, there is no shortage of people who want to buy green.