This event was a smashing success. It started with Ponditat in Loma Linda, CA and then it moved down to the convention center in San Diego. There were excellent seminars, a delicious banquet, awards ceremony and many great memories.
March / April 2012
Should you provide discounts? What are the Pro’s and Con’s of discounting? You may even be able to profit by offering discounts. When a discount is offered to you by a manufacturer do you take advantage of it, and why you should or should not. Do you know what “2/10 net 30” means? Accounting may not be your forte, so learn from a 25 year accounting professional to help you make informed decisions.
We have all heard about ammonia in a pond, what about alkalinity and hardness. Don’t let water chemistry scare you. Keep adding to your knowledge so you can help provide the best possible water quality for your customer’s pond.
Are you ready for the Gen X’s? The pond industry is always changing, new products, new designs and new customers. Do you know what your changing customer base is going to want? Learn about the importance of diversifying designs & services, the benefits of establishing business partnerships and how product knowledge is key more then ever.
Just as goldfish are a good addition to your retail store so are High-fin Banded Sharks. Learn what they are and where they come from. Did you know they can grow over a yard in length? They may be a great addition for your customers with water gardens or koi ponds. Something new to add this year?
In the huge world of the Internet, getting found is job #1. Now our industry has its own directory, and you can be included for free or cheap.
Yes aquatic plants can help with algae control. Learn how from long time industry expert. Aquatic plants can be divided into four associated groups, learn what they are and what they do. David makes suggestions on how to build a pond to include aquatic plants. This is a long article that covers many topics and uses for aquatic plants. It is well worth taking the time to read it.
Tategoi means “unfinished future koi.” A true tategoi can take years to finish. When your customer is looking for a tategoi, be sure to be able to answer them correctly. Matt owns a koi farm and has made numerous trips to Japan; learn from his years of experience.
Rainwater collection dates back 5,000 years. New technologies and equipment are making rainwater harvesting (RH) possible and in some places necessary. Did you know an “Eco-Blox” can support 14,000 lbs. Products like this have made underground storage possible. How much water can be collected from one rooftop? Find the answer to this and many other important points. Maybe even add a Pond-free water feature to go with that RH system.