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Aquascape Sets Date for PONDEMONIUM 2015

Aquascape, Inc. sets the date for Pondemonium® 2015, the water garden industry’s premiere business training and networking event. From August 5th to 8th, distributors, contractors, and retailers can attend Aquascape’s training event designed to help grow their water feature businesses. This year’s Pondemonium® will be held at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois. “Our …

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Tranquility through Technology

Tranquility Ponds, LLC. ( has been designing, building and maintaining ponds and water features for over 22 years. Since our business is based in Las Vegas, I try to infuse it with a Vegas flair that incorporates that fast pace the city is famous for. Unfortunately, managing such a fast-paced and growing business while providing …

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Price Your Pond Construction Jobs Correctly: Stop undercutting yourself to start seeing positive cash flow

Offering a low price is a reliable way to gain customers. But some pond
professionals are so eager to land jobs that they lower their prices beyond
what is needed to sustain business. You can’t have cash flow without cash, and
taking on more jobs for less money is a sure recipe for bankruptcy. Michael
Stone, author of “Markup & Profit; A Contractor’s Guide Revisited,” offers a
strong argument for why you should stop undercutting yourself.

Waterlily of the Year 2012 Winners

Tropical Punch and Kiss the Sky are two of the new waterlilies introduced at the IWGS New Waterlily Competition that you will want to see and know. They were selected as Best New Waterlily and 2nd Best New Waterlily in 2012. Other winners include Manee Red, Pink Pom Pom and Sand Pearl. Your customers will be excited to see these new varieties and you have some great new winning lilies to recommend.

Ways We Connect

We are fortunate to have many great industry experts who share their knowledge with the rest of us freely. In the last issue of POND Trade, Rick Smith talked about “Networking Your Way to New Customers.” Another avenue of networking is by using “Meet-Up,” the Online group-building site. Getting together with your peers provides a chance to exchange ideas, discuss construction problems, new products, marketing, -– virtually any challenges or joys we share while running our businesses. Help strengthen this industry either by creating and attending Meet-Ups or participating in other industry events.

Why You Should Start an IPaWGS Chapter

IPaWGS stands for International Pond and Water Garden Society and is the recently formed hobbyist branch of the IPPCA (International Professional Pond Contractors Association). As the name implies, IPaWGS is a pond and water garden club formatted for the hobbyist. You may ask, “Why discuss a hobbyist club in PondBiz magazine, it’s not published for hobbyists?” For any Retailer or Contractor, there are many benefits from starting and maintaining an IPaWGS chapter.

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