Thousands of green industry professionals from across the nation will head to Columbus, Ohio, to buy, learn and network this January at CENTS 2013. This annual convention champions the green industry by bringing business owners together with their customers and prospects for first-in-season sales, executive business and green tracks, and renowned authors and speakers. More than 8,000 visitors and 400 exhibitors make CENTS the Midwest's most successful green convention.
The 2013 event will kick off with a keynote by international author and horticulturist Dr. Michael Dirr, and features a who's who of presenting speakers: Bridget Behe, Frank Mariani, Jim Paluch and Tom Shay, among others.
Among this year's highlights:
ONLA Management Master Class offers top-level management training and business strategy sessions led by dynamic, accomplished business speakers who've been on the front lines and prospered to tell about it
Growers Energy Solutions Interactive Learning Center provides greenhouse classrooms where fresh ideas and emerging green industry concepts come to life in real-world demos
Hands-on Tool Pavilion provides new and refined "professional toys" for attendees to test out on the show floor
Landscapers' Challenge provides a canvas where landscape artists can transform 400 square feet into masterpieces of outdoor design
Young Professional Leadership Summit offers professional seminars on topics critical to cultivating industry success, including financial planning and leadership
The CENTS Convention is slated for January 14-16, 2013 at The Greater Columbus
Convention Center in Ohio. The CENTS Convention provides a venue for green industry professionals to secure customized business knowledge about sales, operations and profitability and continuing education through The Ohio State University Nursery Short Course. The conference draws attendance from: growers, independent garden centers, landscape contractors, arborists, turf and pest management professionals each year.
An industry show for industry people, CENTS provides tools and resources on mission-critical business and green industry issues, trends and opportunities. From lead generation and operations information to preseason buying incentives and short course educational programs, CENTS creates a high-energy forum where attendees can buy, sell, learn and meet. CENTS goes beyond the green side of the business to the business side of the business to help the industry survive and prosper in challenging economic times. For more information, visit www.onla.org