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Michael J. Donovan
10-30-2012, 11:50 AM
Midwest’s Largest Green Industry Convention Coming to Columbus in 2013
Popular speakers, business tracks and innovative education expected to draw record crowds

Thousands of green industry professionals from across the nation are coming to Columbus 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 fi rst-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 frontlines 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 refi ned “professional toys” for attendees to test out on the show fl oor
• 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 fi nancial planning and leadership

The CENTS Convention is slated for January 14-16, 2013 at The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio, only 500 miles from 80 percent of the U.S. population. The CENTS Convention provides a venue for green industry professionals to secure customized business knowledge about sales, operations and profi tability and continuing education through the esteemed 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.

About CENTS
An industry show for industry people, CENTS provides tools and resources on missioncritical business and green industry issues, trends and opportunities. From lead generation and operations information to pre-season 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, call (800) 825-5062 or visit www.onla.org. Digital photos are available.