Financial

Gender Impartial, Finance Is About Knowledge, Service and Reputation

For JoAnn Cucciarre and Tonya Fry, success as commercial lenders in the tree care industry has nothing to do with gender. It’s mostly about knowledge. “When they start talking about the difference between an elevator, a bucket or a diesel, I can talk that with anybody,” says Cucciarre, president of Northern Atlantic Financial, LLC, a […]

Cranes for Cash: Buy or Rent?

Dan Mello’s crane life has come full circle. The president of Seacoast Tree Care, LLC, an accredited, 13-year TCIA member company based in Stratham, New Hampshire, used to rent a crane as he considered buying one, then he bought one for his own business and to rent out to others. Then he sold it, and […]

Partnering with a Commercial Lender for Equipment Purchases

With business strong, many find value in financingequipment purchases through a commercial lender. In the past two years, Michael Roche, CTSP, president of Vermont Arborists, an accredited, 25-year TCIA member company based in Stowe, Vermont, has used cash to purchase a used skidder, stump grinder and pickup truck. He’s also financed two chip trucks, a […]

Avoid the “Seven Deadly Sins of Workers’ Comp”

If ever there is a place where the phrase “attitude is everything” holds true, it is certainly in the world of Workers’ Compensation insurance. After partnering with tree care companies for the past 15 years, I’ve noticed distinct patterns in the attitudes of business owners in how they view workers’ comp and their individual company’s […]

Business-Auto Insurance: Rising Costs and Increased Claims Volume Pose New Challenges

For many tree care company owners, when evaluating their insurance portfolios, workers’ compensation has historically been the primary cause for concern. We now are seeing many tree care company owners shifting their attention to business-automobile insurance, and for good reason. The costs are going up, in some cases considerably. In recent months, I’m sure many […]

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