Landscaping company owner tweaks business model during ice storm

TUPELO, MISS. (WCBI) – The owner of a landscaping company optimizes their business model during ice and snow storms.

February is usually slow for landscaping companies, but not long after the winter storms, the Cornerstone Landscapes owner found that his employees were busy and providing valuable service to local businesses.

Early Thursday morning, Chris Bennett and several employees maneuvered skid steer loaders through the Texas Roadhouse parking lot.

“We’re going to use the Harley Rake to break through the ice and use the skid steer loaders to pick it up and push it out of the parking lot,” said Bennett.

Cornerstone’s snow and ice removal services began earlier this week with a phone call from another landscaper.

“We were honestly just trying to help a few other landscapers. The first call came from another landscaper in town. We decided to help him and people started seeing us. You started talking on the phone. Then we started getting calls and inquiries through our website, ”said Bennett.

Bennett and his crews have booked solid plow parking spaces. And as a small business owner, experience proves a fundamental business principle.

“Adaptability, take the circumstance, adapt and keep pushing, always looking for a different path,” he said.

Carson Cryder is grateful that his boss found a way to keep everyone in the workplace.

“I love going for business for us, 2020 has been bad and we’re just trying to grow the business,” said Cryder.

Bennett expects he will be busy all weekend, helping companies prepare to open their doors once everything is thawed.

During lunch breaks, Bennett and his crew are either trying to find an open restaurant or his wife has agreed to cook for the crew while many of the restaurants are closed.

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