Leadership Forum registration is now open
NYSNLA's Leadership Forum will be on Tuesday, November 17, at the Holiday Inn Saratoga Springs. Landscaper-turned-consultant Jeffrey Scott will guide attendees through the strategic planning process. Participants will create strategic plans for their businesses and receive further guidance from Jeffrey in implementing them. There will also be a follow-up webinar a month after the Forum, where participants can share their successes and frustrations and get their questions answered.
An Owners Networking Dinner with Jeffrey will be held the evening before, Monday, November 16, with participation limited to 20 attendees.
Click here for more information and registration links.
Interested in more Jeffrey? Check out his webinars on "The Power of a Peer Group" (November 3, register here); "Strategic Sprint: Strategic Planning for Fast Results" (December 1, register here); and "Systematic Success: 7 Systems to Streamline Your Business" (January 15, register here). These webinars all start at 12 noon and are free. They are sponsored by Landscape Management Magazine and NYSNLA Platinum Leaf supporter LS Training System.
CNLP Day in the Bronx
Our second annual CNLP Day was held Thursday, September 17. Attendees earned credits toward CNLP certification by taking an insider's tour of the New York Botanical Garden. Afterward, they converged on the nearby Bronx Alehouse for food, drink and networking.
You can view a selection of photos from the day on Facebook.
A good time was had by all
Cocktails, dinner, awards and an auction that was really three auctions -- that's a lot to cram into one evening. Nevertheless, NYSNLA did it on Wednesday, August 26. The Annual Membership Dinner, Environmental Beautification Awards presentation and Education Auction drew an enthusiastic crowd to the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse to reconnect, have some fun and raise money for a good cause.
Melissa Daniels, CNLP, got the surprise of the night when President Jerry Parmenter presented her with the President's Award for Exceptional Service, in recognition of her work with the Advocacy Committee, which she co-chairs. Melissa's efforts have secured NYSNLA a place at the table in discussions of implementing New York's Invasive Species regulations.
Five of our seven Environmental Beautification Award winners were on hand to accept their awards: Gasparini Landscaping, Ireland Gannon Associates, Luminated Landscapes, Goldberg & Rodler, and Elemental Landscapes. Bayview Landscape Architecture and The Cutting Edge Complete Landscaping could not attend, but their projects were showcased during the awards.
This year's Education Auction consisted of a live auction of Regional Experiences and special items, memorably presided over by NYSNLA's favorite auctioneer, Jeff Rogers, CNLP, and his lovely assistant, Phil Colarusso, as well as a silent auction and a bucket auction. More than $9,000 was raised for scholarships and other education programs. Thank you to all who donated items, placed bids and bought bucket tickets, and thanks to Carolyn Good for her generous monetary donation.
Thursday, August 27, the action moved to the New York State Fair for the 2015 Court of Honor Ceremony in the John Deere Horticulture Building. The day was off to a rainy start, but the precipitation held off as CNLP of the Year Julie Liebmann, Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Rogers, CNLP, and George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture winner Andy Senesac were honored. You can read more about them here and see more photos of the Court of Honor on Facebook. Photos from Wednesday's festivities have also been posted to Facebook. See photos from the cocktail hour and dinner here, from the Environmental Beautification Awards ceremony here and from the auction here.
Thanks to everyone who pitched in to staff the NYSNLA booth at the State Fair!
It's Golf Outing season in the regions. Regions 4, 5 and 6 had theirs in September, and Region 1's is Thursday, October 8, at Baiting Hollow Golf Club in Calverton. All are welcome to participate; proceeds support the regions' educational endeavors.
What our members say ...
I thoroughly enjoyed NYSNLA’s Leadership Forum at Cornell University, as well as the tour of the gardens. The value of a one-day lecture that was packed with information and great networking was possible because of this association. I see only bigger and better things as NYSNLA continues to be at the forefront of the Green Industries.
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.
Our next "Work Smarter, Not Harder" webinar, "Introduction to Social Media for Small Businesses," will be held Thursday, October 22, at 5:30 pm.
Social media is the new "word of mouth" marketing. In this webinar, presented by Carol Saporito of Bissett Nursery Corp., you'll learn how to join the conversation. Topics to be covered include:
- wThe major social media "players" and their strengths and weaknesses
- wSocial media vocabulary
- wReasonable goals and expectations
- wImportant first steps
The webinar is free to CNLP member businesses and comes with CNLP credits. Click here to register.
In November, Melissa Daniels of Plant Connection Inc. will present a webinar on "Living Walls." Learn the basics about green roofs and green walls, including definitions, benefits, and design considerations and processes.
We are seeking webinar presenters for the months of December, January, February and March. Please contact us if you have an idea to share.
Thanks to everyone who took part in our July webinar, "Human Resources 101 for the Green Industry," presented by our corporate partner The Flanders Group.
Oldies but goodies
Materials from earlier 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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