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Online Resources & Opportunities April 20-24th

Online Resources & Opportunities
April 20-24th 
To Our Valued Green Industry Members:
During the beginning of this spring season, we know you’d rather be out in the field. However, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to work from home, bringing you online resources and opportunities for each day of the week to learn. We will make an effort to cover a variety of different topics, at no cost to you. If you know of something to share, let us know! Meanwhile, here’s what you’ll find this coming week:
Pesticide Applicators' Renewal
The Governor this morning issued an Executive Order extending permits for commercial applicators, private applicators, and registered applicators that were set to expire on December 31, 2019 until 60 days after the end of the declared states of emergency and disaster. Here is the Executive Order (EO) and the Pesticide EO FAQ with quite a bit of additional, helpful information.
 
Monday, April 20 - Time: 11:00a
Managing Perennial Crops During Shelter-in-Place
By: Paul Pilon, Perennials Solutions Consulting
This is a Q&A discussion and not your typical webinar presentation. Paul will be having conversations about how to manage perennials and other crops during the shelter-in-place we’re living in. Bring your questions on fertility, water management, PGRs, plant maintenance, and more. He’ll share his perspectives of what he's seeing (more like hearing) in the industry and discuss what short- and long-term implications this crisis is having on the perennial industry. A lot could change before the event (hopefully for the better), but you're encouraged to attend and bring your questions and comments. It’ll be both fun and informative.
 
Tuesday, April 21 - Time: 12:00-1:00p
How and Why to Invest in Equipment
By: Landscape Management Network (LMN)
In this session, Mark Bradley, CEO of Landscape Management Network (LMN), will teach you how to budget for the equipment that you need to execute each job in the most efficient way. Learn the benefits of buying, renting or leasing equipment and discover the value of engineering each job with equipment versus using manual labor to see how much more profit is possible.
 
Wednesday, April 22 - Time: 1:30p
Training Your Trainers
By: Fred Haskett, The Harvest Group and NALP
Do we really know how to Train our Trainers? Just because they know how to do the work at expert level does not mean they know how to teach. The principles taught will help you grow faster and make more money! You’ll learn:
  • The 5 basic ways in which trainees learn
  • A simple training process to train any person in any area of your company
  • A training method that’s going to achieve results
This simple and implementable system, once embraced, allows your trainers to have the familiarity and the self-confidence to train their team members.
 
Thursday, April 23 - Time: 9:00a-4:00p
MSU Virtual Career Fair - Large Companies
By: Michigan State University 
Pre-registration is required!
MSU Career Services Network is hosting an online recruitment event, MSU Virtual Spring Career Fair on April 23 & 24. They are excited to be offering this service for both students and employers! The platform allows you to preview students' resumes before the fair, decide if you wish to chat or utilize video (or both) during the fair, register any number of representatives from your organization and remain at your location!
 
Thursday, April 23 - Time: 12:00-1:00p
Improve Team Engagement
By: Jacki Hart and Landscape Management Network (LMN)
Finding the way forward through this unprecedented time of confusion and pandemic stress, on top of the typically chronic undercurrent of low team engagement, is a huge challenge to landscape business owners across North America. In this webinar, join Outdoor Profession Business Coach Jacki Hart to gain insight on the top reasons that staff engagement eludes many teams at the best of times. And, learn what to change in order to get the team engagement you NEED.
 
Thursday, April 23 - Time: 2:00p
Thriving in a Crisis: 10 Lessons You Should Learn From This Crisis to Keep Your Business Healthy and Thriving
By: Jeffrey Scott 
We all knew a recession was coming, we just didn’t think it would come this quick! And with so many logistical, health and family issues! We are hopefully nearing a turning point, and we can see some light at the end of the tunnel, but what lessons have you learned? Will your business become significantly stronger because of this? Are you ready for the upswing? On this webinar, Jeffrey Scott will cover 10 lessons you need to have learned, in order to operate successfully under the new normal:
  1. Leadership communication principles for crisis and growth modes.
  2. The big picture - where the owner should spend their time.
  3. Cash flow management, how to survive downturns and thrive in upturns.
  4. Inoculations against bad news.
  5. The role of innovation in your business.
  6. Have you gotten lazy? Treating every economy with the respect it deserves.
  7. Marketing/Sales Do’s and Don’ts that work both in crisis and upswings.
  8. The role of diversification.
  9. Economic predictions - can you see the future?
  10. How will you be remembered?
 
Friday, April 24 - Time: 11:00a-3:00p
MSU Virtual Career Fair - Small Companies
By: Michigan State University 
Pre-registration is required!
MSU Career Services Network is hosting an online recruitment event, MSU Virtual Spring Career Fair on April 23 & 24. They are excited to be offering this service for both students and employers! The platform allows you to preview students' resumes before the fair, decide if you wish to chat or utilize video (or both) during the fair, register any number of representatives from your organization and remain at your location!
 
Additional Resources and Event Recaps:
 
The Big Green Podcast
Hosted by: NALP
 
“Don’t Panic – PLAN! Practical Tips and Tactics for Responding to the Coronavirus and Keeping Your Business on Course” - Free Webinar Series
Hosted by: The Grow Group
“Don’t Panic – PLAN! Practical Tips and Tactics for Responding to the Coronavirus and Keeping Your Business on Course” PART 1
In the last few weeks and days the coronavirus has brought—and continues to bring—sweeping changes across the country to the way we live and work. In this special webinar, Marty Grunder, president and CEO of The Grow Group and Grunder Landscaping Co., presents an inside look into how his landscaping company is responding to this challenging situation and provides practical tips and tactics you can use now to keep your business on course for success. The Grow Group’s Vince Torchia and Jim Cali share their insights as well. 
“Don’t Panic – PLAN! Practical Tips and Tactics for Responding to the Coronavirus and Keeping Your Business on Course” PART 2
The Grow Group’s Marty Grunder, Vince Torchia, and Jim Cali bring you up to date on what Grunder Landscaping and other companies around the country have been doing in the last week to contend with this challenging situation. We also discuss:
  • The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s very recent designation of landscapers’ work as essential, and what it means
  • How to catch up if you’re reopening, like Grunder Landscaping, after a shut-down; how to communicate it; and how to protect your company and community
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • The $2T federal stimulus package and the aid it provides for small businesses
  • And all your questions, too!
“Leading to Win, through Thich and Thin: A Conversation with Doug Black, Chariman and CEO, SiteOne Landscape Supply”
In week three of our free webinar series, The Grow Group’s Marty Grunder conducts a question-and-answer session with SiteOne Landscape Supply chairman and CEO Doug Black. A West Point grad with an MBA from Duke and a storied career in leading teams to success, Doug shares his insights into the current situation and what we can all do—regardless of title or position—to adapt, plan, execute, and motivate. This is a unique opportunity to learn directly from one the of sharpest and most engaging leaders in the industry.
Q&A to answer following questions, addresses:
  • Interpreting and Complying with Stay-At-Home Orders
  • Personnel Issues
  • Investing in New Facilities and Fleets and Making Other Purchasing Decisions
  • Managing Client Accounts and Relationships
  • Finance
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Health and Safety Precautions