News and Events
The ONLA strives to keep our website up-to-date with current information. In our News section you can see what's taking place on a yearly, monthly, and weekly basis. In our Events section you will find all the events that we sponsor, participate in, or host throughout the year. Please select the category of your choice among the links below.
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As a woman entrepreneur who travels a lot for work, I know it’s hard to balance work and life. Because I travel so much, I constantly find myself watching the behavior of other people. The variety of personalities always astounds me.
During a recent two week stint where I spoke at five different engagements in 4 different states, I couldn’t help but zero in on individuals who couldn’t sit still.
Cell phone and impassioned discussions with work counterparts fill the air as the talkers stride down the airport halls. I’ve heard individuals have cell phone conversations in bathroom stalls, along the street and during their grocery shopping excursions. I swear competitions will evolve around who has the fastest draw off the belt in answering that urgent ring.
Beginning the week of June 10, the U.S. Senate will consider S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Please urge your two U.S. Senators to support this vital legislation.
As approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan vote of 13–5, S.744 would dramatically overhaul America's legal immigration system, address border security and employment eligibility verification, and provide a tough but fair process for an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants to earn legal status over 10 or more years.[Read More]
Westerville, Ohio -- The Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association is pleased to announce its recent hire of Amy Eldridge, who joins the ONLA team as CENTS Manager. In this role, Eldridge will develop and manage strategies to provide top-flight exhibitor and attendee experiences at the Midwest’s premier nursery, landscape, and garden center convention.[Read More]
Join us for a training on new or expanded business opportunities for installation and maintenance of stormwater practices. The training will include details on design, construction, and maintenance of common stormwater control measures and a tour of selected practices. This event is FREE and will be held on July 9, 2013 at the Tri-C Eastern Campus from 8:30 to 4:00. Sign up now as space is limited for the tour portion of this training.[Read More]
“If you build it, they will come,” is the famous line from the movie Field of Dreams. It’s a statement that has been parodied several times over by numerous industries and is often associated with having a website. However, it’s also highly inaccurate- having a website DOES NOT guarantee that people will come. How do you know people are actually visiting your site? Where are they coming from? What are they using to access your site? How are they finding your site? What information are they finding on your site? These are all viable questions every website manger should ask.[Read More]
The U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC announces an exciting and new approach to provide science-based information to visitors and the public. A new initiative, ‘Grass Roots’, will focus for the next four years on the uses, benefits and role of turfgrass as it relates to the economy, the environment and society.[Read More]
If you have not yet responded to USDA's Census of Agriculture, please do so before May 31.[Read More]
The latest regulatory news for Ohio’s green industry pertains to Ohio’s municipal tax reform movement and the potential impact on companies doing business in multiple municipalities. The ONLA is advocating for meaningful, common sense reform to the Ohio municipal tax system and is a member of the Municipal Tax Reform Coalition, a group advocating as proponents of reform and House Bill 5. House Bill 5, introduced in January 2013, seeks to establish uniformity in municipal income tax rules among all Ohio municipalities.[Read More]
"I have learned so much from my mistakes, I can’t wait to make a whole bunch more!" This noted axiom was part of several that were expressed around the table of current and former business leaders Tuesday, February 12 at the 2013 ONLA committee meetings. When I realized I was in the company of a dozen successful CEO’s and other leaders of the Nursery and Landscape industry in Ohio, I took the opportunity while sitting with this particular committee to ask those in the room to relate one or two aspects of managing a successful business that they believe have been instrumental in business success. The phrases that were stated all have value and I would like to share them with you this month.[Read More]
The latest regulatory news for Ohio’s green industry pertains to Ohio’s updated underground damage prevention law. On December 20, 2012, during the "lame duck" session, Gov. Kasich signed House Bill 458 into law. The new legislation, which becomes effective March 27, 2013, was influenced by the recommendations of the Ohio Underground Damage Prevention Coalition (OUDPC), of which ONLA was an active participant. The new legislation makes changes to Ohio Revised Code 3781.25-32 and 153.64.[Read More]
The latest regulatory news for Ohio’s green industry focuses on contractors providing lawn irrigation services. A change from the Ohio Department of Commerce raises the level of service contractors can provide their clients. After seven years of dialogue, ODOC is allowing limited backflow certification for irrigation contractors.[Read More]
Surprising new trends are emerging in the green industry, due largely to a rocky economy over the last few years and changing consumer behavior. Five industry experts today announced what they consider to be the Top 5 Trends for 2013, which offer fresh opportunity for those green businesses that are willing to react and respond to the new information.[Read More]