New York State Fair registration still open
Each year at the Great New York State Fair, NYSNLA has a booth in the John Deere Horticulture Building, giving our Association a chance to share enthusiasm for the green industry.
Be sure to join NYSNLA in Syracuse from August 27 to September 7 for your opportunity to volunteer your time and knowledge in our booth and network with your friends and statewide professionals!
Click here to reserve your volunteer time.
Environmental Beautification Award winners announced
Congratulations to our 2015 Environmental Beautification Award winners. A full list of the winners can be viewed here. Photos of the winning projects will appear in the next issue of Nursery Lines and begin their rotation here on the home page later this month.
Winners will also be provided with the Environmental Beautification Award Seal for use in their advertising and will receive one complimentary registration for the 2015 Leadership Forum.
The awards will be presented at the Environmental Beautification Awards Dinner and Nurserymen's Foundation Auction on August 26 at the Genesee Grand Hotel in Syracuse.
Labels for Invasive Species Act-regulated plants available
The state has approved our label design for plants regulated under the new Invasive Species Regulations. All NYSNLA members may download these labels for use on such plants in their inventories. Downloadable copies of the labels, along with a summary of the regulations and the affected species, are available on our Advocacy Page.
What our members say ...
Feeling totally overwhelmed with the day-to-day operations of my own business, I felt like I had no time to dedicate to a professional organization, and couldn’t see what I might garner in return. When I joined, what I found was a deep pool of resources, filled with colleagues who had learned to deal with many of the same issues and struggles I was facing. Being involved at both Regional and State levels has stretched my mind and sprouted growth in me that I would undoubtedly miss.
Be sure to check out our Education Calendar regularly to find professional development opportunities in your region and around the state. And, check our our Events Calendar to learn about meetings and networking opportunities.
Webinars are back!
After a brief hiatus, NYSNLA's free "Work Smarter, Not Harder" webinar series resumes on Tuesday, July 21, at 9:30 am with a presentation from our corporate partner, The Flanders Group, on "Human Resources 101 for the Green Industry."
Everyone knows that people are key to a company's success, but many business owners invest more time and effort in choosing equipment than in finding the best employees. In this webinar, you'll gain valuable information to help you improve your screening and hiring process and attract the right people. You'll also receive sample documents you can use to put your new knowledge into practice.
- wQuestions you should be asking in interviews
- wThe importance of background and reference checks
- wExit interviews
- wBest practices for managing seasonal employment transitions
Webinars are free to NYSNLA member businesses and come with CNLP credits. Registration is required. Click here to register for the July webinar.
But wait, there's more!
On Tuesday, August 18, at 5:30 pm, Carol Saporito of Bissett Nursery Corp. will present "Introduction to Social Media for Small Businesses."
Social media is the new "word of mouth" marketing. In this webinar, you'll learn how to join the conversation. Topics to be covered include the major social media "players," their strengths and weaknesses, social media vocabulary, reasonable goals and expectations, and important first steps.
To register for the August webinar, click here.
Materials from the first four webinars are available for you to review. Be sure you're logged into this site, as some of them are in the "Members Only" area.
Recordings, handouts and other resources related to Monica Mitchell Muir's two QuickBooks webinars can be found here.
The slides from Heidi Mortensen's March webinar on "Hot New Perennials for 2015" can be downloaded here.
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