2016 Environmental Beautification Awards - enter now!
Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 Environmental Beautification Awards. The entry process has changed -- you will now be submitting entries by mail on a USB drive instead of online.
Complete entry instructions, a full list of categories and a link to download the entry form are available here. Please read the instructions carefully before submitting your entries. All entries must be received by 11:59 pm on April 1.
Winners will be announced on April 15. In addition to a beautifully mounted award for display, all winners will receive a “2016 NYSNLA Environmental Beautification Award Winner” seal for use in their marketing, one complimentary registration for the 2016 Leadership Forum on August 24 in Syracuse, and two complimentary tickets to the Annual Dinner, Education Auction and Environmental Beautification Awards presentation, which follows the Leadership Forum.
The Winter 2016 issue is now online. Meet our 2016 Leadership Forum presenter, learn about native grasses, get up to speed on employment law, learn some QuickBooks tricks, catch up with regional chapter activities, and much more. Clicking the image at left will take you to a cover with clickable links to all the articles. Happy reading!
Our 2016 Leadership Forum will be held on August 24 in Syracuse, with the Annual Dinner, Environmental Beautification Awards presentation and Education Auction to follow in the evening.
Mel Kleiman, a nationally recognized expert on employee attraction and retention, will be our presenter. He will work with participants on creating a plan to find, hire and keep quality workers. You can get acquainted with Mel in the Winter 2016 issue of Nursery Lines. We'll be hearing more from him as the date draws closer. Stay tuned!
Court of Honor nominations open
NYSNLA is accepting nominations for 2016 CNLP of the Year, the NYSNLA Hall of Fame and the George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture through May 31.
To nominate a candidate for the Hall of Fame or Gold Medal, please submit a letter to NYSNLA headquarters outlining why you believe this person is qualified for the honor. To nominate a CNLP of the Year candidate, please use this form.
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.
The "Work Smarter, Not Harder" Webinar series continues Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30 am. with "The Layoff Alternative: How New York State's Shared Work Program Can Help You Hold On to Your Best Employees."
New York State Department of Labor Business Services Rep Amy Hadfield and Employment Services Rep Debbie Arbutina will explain how it works. Employees can receive partial unemployment insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Instead of cutting staff, you can reduce the hours of all employees, or just a certain group. Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are eligible.
These webinars are free to NYSNLA members and come with CNLP credits. Click here to register.
Oldies but goodies
Our 2016 webinars are being recorded and will be posted on the new and improved NYSNLA.com website (coming soon)! See below for details on where to find materials from earlier webinars. Be sure you're logged into this site, as some of them are in the "Members"The Layoff Alternative: How New York State's Shared Work Program Can Help You Hold On to Your Best Employees,"
New York State Department of Labor Business Services Rep Amy Hadfield and Employment Services Rep Debbie Arbutina will explain the Shared Work Program, under which employees can receive partial unemployment insurance benefits while working reduced hours. Instead of cutting staff, you can reduce the hours of all employees, or just a certain group. Full-time, part-time and seasonal employees are eligible.
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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