Hi everyone, I stumbled on this website just yesterday looking for something to help out my business. I bought a commercial lawn business a little over 2 years ago and it has been nothing but heartbreak ever since. Lost our biggest customer (about 40% of revenue) due to a state reg which required a re-bid every 3 years (the other co. underbid us by $100K/year! and we've been going downhill ever since. I am desperate to hold onto this business since I am in debt up to my eyeballs. I'll lose my house if I don't since it was used as collateral for the SBA loan. Sounds bleak, huh. But I'm a fighter and won't give up. My big push right now is cold-calling, letter sending to commercial accounts, etc. Which do you think is more effective and does anyone have any tips on letters? My advantage is that most commercial businesses in my area are not owned locally so the owner is no where to be seen. Plus I'm a woman (sorry to use the gender card, guys) but does that help or hurt. My husband runs the business with me and he has lots and lots of experience, but ultimately, the burden is on me to make it work (don't ask!. One final question, I'm thinking of changing the name (National Grounds Mgmt) to sort of get a "fresh start". What do you all think? Thanks.
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