Jan 10, 2018
MGIX to Take Place in Columbus

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association’s regional conference, Midwest Green Industry Experience (MGIX), will take 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.

MGIX’s education line-up spans a wide 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, plant maintenance, identifying weeds, and planning pest management strategies. Educators from The Ohio State University lead 24 sessions focused on horticulture, pests and diseases, and industry research.

Along with education sessions, attendees can discover new products and gather new ideas by meeting with the 230 vendors in the MGIX exhibit hall. Exhibiting companies comprise green and hard goods distributors, equipment dealers, business service providers, and technology and software companies.

Special events include an opening night party, and Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association’s annual awards ceremony on Jan. 14. ONLA’s annual business meeting also takes place at MGIX on Jan. 15 at 2pm, and includes a State of the Industry report by Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort.

Green Industry professionals can register for the event at www.mgix18.com. Several registration options are available.

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