Columbus, OH – The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association’s (ONLA) regional conference, Midwest Green Industry Experience (MGIX), takes place Jan. 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio. The conference features three days of education sessions that will help green industry professionals get inspired, stay certified and make smarter business decisions in 2018. The education lineup spans a variety of topics, from business and marketing best practices to design, irrigation and lighting trends.
Business owners will find beneficial sessions on employment and labor issues, such as Marty Grunder’s “Attain, Train, Retain and Entertain a Modern Day Green Industry Workforce” on Jan. 15. Other sessions focus on building effective business and marketing plans, like Jeffrey Scott’s “Nine Proven Profit Strategies for Tree, Lawn and Landscape Contractors” on Jan. 16 and Anne Obarski’s session for retailers, “If the Shoe Fits: How to Brand Your Customer’s Journey with You” on Jan. 17.
Other green industry professionals may prefer the practical knowledge gained in courses on pruning, planting, maintenance, identifying weeds and planning pest management strategies. Educators from The Ohio State University lead 24 sessions focused on horticulture, pests, diseases and industry research.
Education highlights for landscape designers include Klyn Nurseries’ Bill Hendricks’ “Making Plants Work for You: The Challenge of Hedges, Screens and Slopes” as well as Bobbie Schwartz’s “Log Cabin or Taj Mahal? Are You Really Listening?”
Outside of the traditional classroom, demonstrations on climbing techniques and arboriculture practices are offered in Climbers’ Corner in the exhibit hall.
Along with education sessions, green industry professionals can discover new products by meeting with the 230 vendors in MGIX exhibit hall. Exhibiting companies comprise green and hard goods distributors, equipment dealers, business service providers, and technology and software companies. A new product showcase and a Feature Stage hosting product demonstrations and free educational presentations are also located on the trade show floor.
Special events include an opening night party and ONLA’s annual awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14. ONLA’s annual business meeting also takes place at 2 p.m. on Jan. 15 and includes a State of the Industry report by Craig Regelbrugge of AmericanHort.
There are several registration options available. Those interested in attending can still register online by clicking here.