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Does the color of your office walls affect employee productivity?

Are your employees always out of energy, or in a bad mood? Chances are the color of your walls is affecting them. Believe it or not, the color of your office walls can influence your employees' productivity, mood, and satisfaction. If your workers already started their day bad, walking in an office that's painted all gray is not going to help elevate their mood.

What to Consider Before Starting a Painting Project

The overall appearance of your commercial property, especially its paint job, is very important. An outstanding paint job will leave a positive first impression that will encourage buyers and tenants to come back to your business again and again. If you're considering painting, here are some tips you can use to ensure you get the most out of your investment.

Tips for Upgrading Your Property

If you are a building owner or manager looking to upgrade the look and feel of your property--or, simply maintain what you have in place, repainting can provide an economical solution. Here are some tips to consider.

Consult with a professional. If you are not sure where to start, try consulting with a professional painting contractor.

Blasted into Business

Sometimes you have to be careful about what you ask for.

It was a cold November morning in 1977 and I was working for the City of Lansing on their street patch crew. Our job that day was burning high spots off the asphalt pavement. To do this, we used a hand-held burner attached to a kerosene tank strapped to the rear-end of a dump truck.

Our Core Values

T. L. Hart, Inc. has gone through a process of boiling down who we are and what we believe. I’m convinced that what we believe is who we are—or, at least aspire to be. We have concluded that four values describe our company as we envision it:  love, service, excellence, and teamwork.

The Power of Gratitude

The late Bob Briner, author of Roaring Lambs, taught me the most important words you can say are thank you. I knew from years of reading the Bible and associating with thankful people that giving thanks was important, but Bob, a successful businessman, emphasized gratitude in the workplace.

A Rude but Welcomed Awakening

I’ll not forget an experience I had late Spring 1990. We were in our 6th year as a company, having enjoyed five straight years of rapid growth and profitability. I had added personnel and our firm was working all over the state of Michigan. However, it was May and we had lost a considerable amount of money the first four months of the year.

Why Core Values are Important

Everyone has principles by which they live. For the business owner it might be financial freedom; for the school teacher, impacting the lives of the next generation; for the Christian, faith. Whether they are aware of it or not, all have values that shape their attitudes and direct their actions.

Why Legal Marijuana is a Bad Idea

Last November, Lansing, Michigan voters approved a measure prohibiting the city from regulating the "use, possession or transfer of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, on private property, by a person who has attained the age of 21 years.”

A similar move is currently underway in MSU’s hometown of East Lansing.

Lessons Learned from Near Bankruptcy

Most times its the things you learn when you’re down that stick.

Having begun in business in 1985, I built a larger, viable commercial painting company that grew from nothing to 60 employees and $3 million in sales. We had systems, procedures, a good grasp on the market, and even bought land and constructed a 10,000sf office/warehouse.