F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) about 2016 CENTS Marketplace & University’s Education Program

Providing robust professional education is a driving force behind ONLA’s mission. This year, ONLA is taking education to the next level at CENTS Marketplace & University: one location, one industry, one robust program. As an attendee, you’ll get unprecedented access to more courses, more expert educators and more interactive training on fascinating green industry and relevant business topics. Read on to learn what this means to you…


Q: What industry credits or CEU’s will be available at 2016 CENTS University?

A: CENTS University attendees can earn pesticide re-certification credits for Ohio and neighboring states and CEU’s from OCNT, PLANET, APLD, LA CES, ISA, IA and more. Providing pest, disease, plant and tree education programs are an integral part of the CENTS University educational curriculum.


Q: What educational tracks will be presented at 2016 CENTS Marketplace & University?

A: Nationally recognized experts, professors and business leaders will present a breadth of topics for professionals working in: landscape contracting/design/architecture; pests/disease management; horticulture, retail garden centers; greenhouse/nursery growers and arboriculture. Additionally, business owner, operators, managers and crew leaders will benefit from executive and staff-level business management programs that address topics like: costing, marketing, sales, employment law, best hiring practices, succession planning, financial management, sub-contracting and more.


Q: Do you offer the “nursery short course” curriculum?

A: Yes, and that’s just the beginning. CENTS University’s robust educational program covers the gamut from bugs to bushes and business to balance sheets. Learners will gain access to continuing education credits, networking opportunities, industry leaders, and insight into the new technologies and trends on the horizon. CENTS University educators are industry leaders dedicated to connecting you to hot topics, consumer trends and behaviors, demos on new technology and business best practices so you’ll return to work enlightened and engaged.


Q: Who is teaching at 2016 CENTS Marketplace & University?

A: To provide attendees a top-notch, comprehensive learning experience, we’ve invited the most qualified, dynamic and invested educators to present at CENTS University. Come learn from our 100-member team of experts, researchers, business and thought leaders featuring: renowned educators from universities and colleges [University of Cincinnati, Columbus State Community College, Ohio State University and more] and business/industry experts like Ian Baldwin, James Urban, Jeffrey Scott and Richard Arlington. The goal of CENTS University is to grow and evolve the curriculum so you’re ready to respond to the trends and issues happening right now and around the corner.


Q: Will I still have time to walk the convention floor?

A: Yes! Exhibitors spend months preparing early season specials and exhibits just for you, and we’ve revised our schedule to provide dedicated time each day to tour the show floor, where there is also a lot to learn!


Q: This is my first time to Columbus. What is there to do?

A: Plenty! CENTS offers parties and outings so you can network and visit with colleagues during the event. In addition, the nearby the Arena District and Short North areas provide world class dining, boutiques and shows, Easton Towne Center is an outdoor shopping destination only minutes away, and many college and professional sports teams will be advancing their winter schedule.


Q: How big is CENTS Marketplace & University?

A: CENTS Marketplace & University is one of the largest green industry conventions in the nation, and the largest such convention in the Midwest, bringing hundreds of exhibiting companies and thousands of professionals to Ohio’s capital city each year to focus on their profession.


Q: Who do I contact with questions about CENTS Marketplace & University?

A: Questions about CENTS University education can be directed to Lisa Larson; questions regarding the CENTS Marketplace trade show can be directed to Amy Eldridge—both at ONLA (800) 825-5062.


Q: How do I enroll in CENTS University?

A: Visit www.centsmarketplace.com for full details and to register.