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AIFD Offers Partners Marketing Package
Baltimore, Md. – Recognizing a need to expand floral design education opportunities, for the first time in over 40 years, the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) is “going commercial,” reports Chris Norwood AIFD, president of the Institute.

Canada Blooms Elements
canada_blooms_ticketThe largest flower and garden show in the country, Canada Blooms: The Toronto Flower & Garden Show celebrates the best in Canadian gardening and floral design.

SAIFD Trillium Chapter
SAIFD Trillium Chapter is a student branch of the AIFD
International Floral Organization (American Institute of Floral Designers) the leading organization that promotes education in floral design.


CFIB Offers Online Small Business Management Certificate Program (www.sbmcertified.com)
Launched in October 2006, the 20-hour program consists of a series of clicks through text-based courses on topics such as basic business finance, marketing, customer service, and honing leadership skills.



Myers Industries to Acquire ITML Horticultural Products
Akron, Ohio – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Diversified international manufacturer and distributor Myers Industries Inc. (NYSE:MYE) today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire ITML Horticultural Products Inc. ITML, a private company based in Ontario, Canada, is a leader in the design, manufacturing, and marketing of plastic containers and related products for professional floriculture / horticulture grower markets across North America. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2007.

Ontario’s Minimum Wage to Rise Feb. 1
Ontario’s minimum wage is set to rise by 25 cents on Feb. 1. This is the fourth in a series of increases since the Liberal party came into office in 2003. Under the prior Conservative government the rate had been frozen at $6.85 for nine years.

Ontario’s base rate will go to $8.00 an hour with increases to the student rate and liquor servers to go into effect as well. This graduated wage increase was put in place to allow businesses time to adjust and remain competitive.



Fair Plants Launched in U.K.
fair_plantsAfter the introduction of FFP flowers and plants in Germany and France, the consumer in the United Kingdom can now also get to know the Fair Flowers Fair Plants products through the website of online florist Arena Flowers. The first FFP plants now available include Anthurium, Guzmania, Calathea, Phalanopsis and Spathiphyllum. FFP flowers will be added to the assortment shortly.



Great Newsletter Tip
roses_1In your next newsletter, suggest your corporate customers show employee recognition by holding a ceremony and giving an employee a bouquet of flowers – one at a time. With each flower they should express thanks for a specific achievement.
(Source: Profit magazine, December 2006-January 2007)


PENNSYLVANIA FLORISTS HAIL TRADE PRACTICE LAW
Harrisburg, Pa. –  The Pennsylvania Floral Industry Association (PFIA) hails the signing of a new law designed to curb unfair and non-competitive trade practices in the floral industry. Representing both retail and wholesale florist, PFIA called the bill “a new benchmark that will curb an all-too prevalent deceptive practice.”


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