[img:1] Well, the popular **Product of the Year Challenge** is Back for 2011 – Now is the time to enter your new products, or recommend new products we should include in this year’s Challenge. Find the complete details and downloadable form at pondtrademag.com. If you released new products in 2010 or 2011 sign up before September 30 to be included.
If you are not a manufacturer, you can participate too by nominating new products you feel should be considered, with a simple email. Send your email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org Include the manufacturer, the product name, and a brief note on why you feel it should be Product of the Year.
Winners will be announced at the IPPCA’s, INFO-Tanza, in San Diego this November. Winners will also be posted on our site at that time and published in the January/February 2012 issue of POND Trade Magazine.
**Aquaponics** – You have probably heard something about Aquaponics by now. What could Aquaponics mean for your business? Starting in this issue is a two-part series covering the facts you need to know. In addition, there is a short article about Hydroponics, so you can see the differences between aquaponics and hydroponics.
**Fall/Winter Preparation for Overwintering** – there are two articles in this issue; one focuses on koi and ponds, the other about protecting aquatic plants. Bone up on how to prepare for the change of seasons now, so you can help your customers’ koi and plants have a healthy winter, and a strong spring.
**Contracts** – Contracts are something we often put off thinking about, but they are a vital element of your business survival. Learn from an industry expert about things that can impact the completion of your water feature projects. Learn how to plan ahead, and make sure you get paid for your work!
**Industry Events On Deck** – By the time you read this, Pondemonium and the 2011 Pond Expo will have been completed. There are several more great events you can attend coming up – like KOI America (Sept.), Pool & Spa Expo (Oct/Nov), Info-Tanza (Nov.) and next year’s NAPP Conference in February. See dates in Upcoming Events. If you see us at any of these events please be sure to stop us (me and Cindy) and say hi. If you know of other events that are not yet on our calendar please let us know!
As we reach the end of this season, I hope each of you has had success in your businesses. As you reflect on the year, and begin to plan for 2012, please take a moment to look over the advertisers in POND Trade, and consider giving them a call, and the opportunity to earn your business. It is because of their support we are able to bring you POND Trade, and they deserve your support as well.