In an ongoing effort to provide lawn care operators (LCOs) with the resources they need to run their businesses, the Bayer Lawn Care Institute (LCI) is conducting its first Healthy Lawns, Healthy Business Summit of 2009 in conjunction with the Massachusetts Associations of Lawn Care Professionals. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 21 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, Ma.

The Healthy Lawns, Healthy Business Summit will offer business owners and decision makers a tailored business track, while technicians and other employees are invited to attend the technical track taking place simultaneously. The business track will kick off with a session led by Andy Drohen of Agrium Advance Technologies, titled “What Happened to Fertilizer Costs in 2008.” Sandra Reynolds, Executive Vice President of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts will follow with a discussion on Treble Damage wage and hour policies. She will also touch on new Data Breach regulations which affect all employers.

The event’s keynote address will be delivered by Jim Paluch, founder of JP Horizons.  Jim will share his concept of “Working Smarter with Lean Tools.” This hands on discussion will provide participants with many practical tips to maximize their resources and make their businesses more efficient and strong.

Following a Bayer-sponsored luncheon, Karen Connelly of MALCP will moderate the Lawn Care Institute panel discussion featuring all of the speakers from the morning presentations.

“The Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals is excited to partner with Bayer Environmental Science to provide more value and resources to members,” Connelly says.  “Between our speakers, keynote speaker and panel discussion; I know everyone in attendance will take away new insights and tools.”

“The Healthy Lawns, Healthy Business Summits are a good way to provide value and support for our customers through the Lawn Care Institute,” said Jason Kuhlemeier, business manager, insecticides, Bayer Environmental Science. “These events allow LCOs in regions across the country to come together and learn ways to improve their business while remaining focused on what is important to them locally.” 

The LCI seeks to offer business owners and decision-makers quick tips and tools for improving their businesses as well as opportunities to discuss regional hot button issues with experts and peers. 

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