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Green Acres Organics LLC.

Owner: Brian and Rhonda Sayers

Address: 1121 Dogwood Lane, El Dorado 71730

Phone: (866) 612-4733

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Startup: March 1, 2008

E-mail: bsayers@suddenlink.net

Web site: www.greenacresorganics.com

Organic lawn care is taking root in Arkansas as the "greening" of local lawns is becoming about much more than just color.

Earlier this month, Bryan Sayers joined with his wife, Rhonda, to open Green Acres Organics, a totally organic lawn fertilizer and pesticide company, in El Dorado. "For us, this is more than a just a business," Sayers said. "We are stewards of the Earth, and so far we haven't been doing a real good job. This company is out to change that."

Change will come as concerns deepen about the effects chemicals are having on Arkansans' health and the environment, said Sayers, who invested nearly $90,000 to open Green Acres. Sayers has created a line of proprietary lawn care products formulated solely from naturally occurring ingredients that have been approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute.

Sayers, 44, worked in hazardous waste management for 20 years before opening Green Acres. "Over the years I've become uniquely familiar with waste products and their effects. It made sense that I create a very good, more wholesome alternative," he said.

By selling Green Acres franchises, Sayers is also hoping to help local entrepreneurs become successful businesspeople. "The average person with good credit and equity can't afford to buy a small business," he said. "We wanted to create an opportunity for people like us to own a profitable business."

Each Green Acres Distributorship comes with all of the necessary equipment and marketing tools, including even a custom-lettered 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck. So how much do the "totally turnkey" Green Acres franchises sell for? "They run for a modest $89,500," said Sayers, adding "and that includes $37,000 in assets."

"Growth" is a seemingly fitting goal for Arkansas' new lawn care company, but Sayers is most concerned with making Green Acres' slogan a reality--he's "creating a healthier environment one acre at a time."
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Title Annotation:New Businesses: A Listing of Business Start-Ups in Arkansas
Author:Chism, Jana
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Mar 31, 2008
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