Its here: CENTS 2013 opens at the Columbus Convention Center this Monday, January 14 Midwests largest green exposition expected to draw record crowds as exciting new business classes, plant species and landscaping ideas unveiled This weekend some 8,000 green industry professionals from across the nation will descend on the Columbus Convention Center in search of all that is new at the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS) Exhibition. Attendees make the winter trek because they know what theyll find: best possible pricing on goods, a first peek at new products and trends, access to sought-after speakers and experts, mission-critical business programs and the reputable nursery education provided through The Ohio State University. The focus on economics and return on investment were seeing among CENTS attendees and exhibitors reflects the gratifying recognition of the exhibitions role as a critical business tool, explains Kevin Thompson, Executive Director of the shows sponsor, ONLA. We are continually honing CENTS offerings based on the changing demands of our professionals business needs, and the result is what well see this week: a full show and standing-room only presentations on topics that truly impact green strategy and operations. CENTS is recognized for its unique ability to draw key industry players as well as small businesses because of the efficiency of the show. Packed with relevancy, CENTS also makes it easy for companies to exhibit and attend the show, making sure everything behind the scenes runs smoothly and ample opportunities are forged to promote face to face networking. The CENTS conference will run January 14-16, 2013 at The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, only 500 miles from 80 percent of the U.S. population. The CENTS Exposition is the only Midwest-centric venue of its kind for green industry professionals. The conference draws 400+ exhibitors and roughly 8,000 attendees including: 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.