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Join Our Community of Connecticut Landscaping Professionals and Take Your Business to the Next Level
Welcome to our Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association where our mission is to provide our members with the knowledge and tools needed for success in their landscaping businesses. As a network of experienced professionals and allied landscaping businesses, we are committed to helping each other grow and succeed. With more than 50 years of service, we offer a variety of support tailored specifically to meet the needs of Connecticut’s contractors. From educational seminars to networking events, there’s something for everyone in our organization. We also provide access to cutting-edge technology solutions that help you stay competitive in today’s digital landscape.
At Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association, we believe it takes a village to create clear paths forward and ensure continued growth for our members. We invite you to join us as we move forward and make a difference in the landscape industry. Together, let’s create a lasting impact for all landscaping professionals in Connecticut! If you belong to any of the following industries, joining us would open you up to a worldview of opportunities:
We welcome everyone who wishes to join us and be part of an supportive group of landscape professionals. We encourage formation of new relationships and collaboration with those within your industry. You will join a community of peers with common interests, helping you build a stronger network and further your professional journey. We are committed to enhancing the Green Industry in Connecticut through our commitment to excellence and dedication to our members. Join us today for an enriching experience!
We Offer Exclusive Benefits for Our Industry Professionals
Joining the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association can provide a wide range of benefits to landscape professionals, both tangible and intangible. On one hand, members can take advantage of resources such as networking with suppliers, bidding opportunities, educational programming and crew training. On the other hand there’s the sense of community that comes with networking with like-minded professionals in the Green Industry. The Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association can also provide a platform to network with other professionals across geographic boundaries and gain access to new ideas, technologies, and strategies.
Finally, becoming an active member also leads to better recognition for individuals in the form of awards and social media posts. This can open up doors to additional professional development and career growth opportunities for members. Overall, joining our Association can be a great way to strengthen relationships in the Landscaping and Green Industry and stay up to date with industry trends. With all of these advantages, it’s definitely worth considering a membership if you’re an outdoor contractor or professional.
Our Association additionally also offers the following landscaper benefits:
Learn About Potential Financial Losses Due to Fines or Legal Action
If you need help understanding legal requirements to ensure that your business operations run and remain compliant with applicable regulations, the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association (CGKA) can provide you with the necessary resources and support. Call now for more information.
What Our Members Say About Us
Our members say that the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association is an invaluable resource for landscape contractors in the state. We are proud to be a cornerstone of the landscape industry in the state and look forward to continuing our work for many years to come. See what some of our members are saying below.
We Aid in Finding the Funding for Landscapers to Accelerate Their Businesses
Unlock Funding Opportunities for Your Landscaping Business with CGKA Membership
Landscapers have a variety of options for funding their projects and business operations. Local, state, and federal governments offer grants, loans, and tax incentives to support landscaping initiatives. In addition to government sources of funding, there are also private entities that provide resources for landscapers. Business owners can also seek out venture capitalists, angel investors, and other private financiers to fund their operations. Angel investors offer capital in exchange for equity stakes in a company’s future profits. Venture capitalists are another source of financing; they typically invest larger amounts than angel investors with the expectation of a higher return on their investment over time. Tax credits and deductions are also important considerations when looking into funding sources as well. The IRS offers incentives through credits that directly reduce tax liabilities and deductions that lower taxable income by reducing the overall amount paid to the government each year. For example, some states may allow a tax credit for landscaping businesses who hire employees from certain low-income backgrounds or those individuals with disabilities.
Overall, there are many sources of funding for landscapers. Being a member of the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association (CGKA) provides you an exclusive chance to gain access to various sources of funding for landscapers. We understand how important funding is to start any landscaping business, which is why we go above and beyond to help you. Our affiliation with the National Association of Landscape Professionals enables us to give you access to countless resources related to landscaping business finance. Our membership provides you with the information, guidance, and assistance you need to make informed decisions when looking for funding. We can help point out grants that are available specifically for landscape professionals, as well as help you connect with those who can advise on how to utilize tax incentives to lower your tax liabilities. Join CGKA today and unlock the potential of our association in helping you find the best sources of funding available for your landscaping initiatives!
By attending a CGKA event, you will have access to exclusive knowledge and updates on industry news that are not available anywhere else. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional looking for new ideas and trends, the various CGKA events in CT are perfect for sharpening your skills and keeping up with the latest advances in landscaping. Join us today to stay informed and connected!
Join Us for Exclusive Industry Insights, Hands-On Workshops, and Networking Opportunities at Our Events in Connecticut
As an organization committed to helping landscapers across the state, we participate in and organize various events in CT to foster knowledge and collaboration. We support and attend local shows in our area such as the Northeast Hardscape Expo and the SIMA Symposium. We also host smaller events throughout the year, such as seminars, workshops and field trips, that allow members to gain hands-on experience and network with other professionals in our fields. We strive to provide landscapers with valuable resources, education opportunities and networking connections through these events, which include:
The Connecticut Technical Education and Career System: In order to support the inclusion of landscape construction and equipment operation as study programs for their high schoolers, our organization wrote an enthusiastic letter accompanied by contributions from respected members. The response was overwhelmingly positive, making us ecstatic to continue this partnership with them!
At Tashua Knolls Golf Club & Banquets, Bob Mann and Terence Stovall shared their insight with members of the landscaping community. Our mission was to inform our members of our industry’s legislative future.
We organized the 2023 CGKA Turf and Landscape Conference with tremendous success. Attendees enjoyed insightful educational talks, a bustling trade show floor full of vendors, live demonstrations, and an after-conference social for valuable networking opportunities.
We successfully organized an NDS Drainage Certification Course. This sold out program educated drainage installers on new technology and proper installation techniques within the NDS Products.
Unlock Endless Opportunities for Growth and Success as a Landscape Contractor with CGKA
Join the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association for ample opportunities to connect with fellow landscape contractors in CT. We host various events throughout the year, including seminars, workshops, and networking mixers, providing a great setting to share information on the latest trends and techniques in the industry. Additionally, we maintain a comprehensive online directory of landscaping professionals in Connecticut, allowing contractors to easily connect with other contractors. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced professional, joining CGKA is a great way to network and grow your skills. Join today!