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MGIX 2018

January 15 - January 17

Logo: MGIX

Logo: MGIX

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association’s regional conference, Midwest Green Industry Experience (MGIX), features three days of education sessions that will help green industry professionals get inspired, stay certified, and make smarter business decisions in 2018.

Taking place Jan. 15–17 in Columbus, Ohio, MGIX’s education line-up spans a wide variety of topics, from business and marketing best practices to design, irrigation, and lighting trends.

Education Highlights

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 Monday, January 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 Tuesday, January 16, and Anne Obarski’s session for retailers, If the Shoe Fits: How to Brand Your Customer’s Journey with You on Wednesday, January 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.

Education highlights for landscape designers include president of Klyn Nurseries Bill Hendricks’ ‘Making Plants Work for You: The Challenge of Hedges, Screens and Slopes’ and ‘Log Cabin or Taj Mahal? Are You Really Listening?’ by Bobbie Schwartz.

Outside of the traditional classroom, demonstrations on climbing techniques and arboriculture practices are offered in Climbers’ Corner in the exhibit hall.

Along with education sessions, green industry professionals 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. A new product showcase and a Feature Stage hosting product demonstrations and free educational presentations are also located on the tradeshow floor.

Special events include an opening night party, and Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association’s annual awards ceremony on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. ONLA’s annual business meeting also takes place at MGIX on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m., and includes a State of the Industry report by Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort.

To learn more, go to the MGIX event page.


January 15
January 17
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