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The TCIA Winter Management Conference has begun! Looking forward to an awesome week of world-class education and connecting with the best of the best in the tree care industry! #barbados #tciawmc2023... #tcia #treecareindustry #treecareindustryassociation

This month our TCI Magazine February issue features Plant Health Care!
Articles include:

Why Do Trees Care About Soil?
BY LUKE SCHEBERL

Let’s Build Strong Foundations (We ...and the Trees)
by Removing the Dirt on Top
BY KATHY GLASSEY

Modern Organic Amendments:
A Practical Approach to Urban Soil Health
BY ZACK SHIER, BCMA

What Are the Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Pesticides?
BY DON STARUK

Three Scale Amigos in the City:
Who They Are and Why They Outbreak
BY MICHAEL J. RAUPP, PH.D.

What Is Tree Biomechanics and Why Should I Care?
BY BRIAN KANE, PH.D.

Read the full issue at tcimag.tcia.org or through the link in our bio

And remember, the print edition of TCI Magazine is always free and delivered to your doorstep - subscribe at tcimag.tcia.org

TCIA is happy to announce the launch of our new product:
Tree Climber Specialist 4: Rigging Operations Aloft
Provides climbers with the knowledge and best practices necessary for rigging ...operations.

🌳 Rigging Fundamentals
🌳 Understanding Forces
🌳 Rigging From Below
🌳 Balance Rigging
🌳 Aerial Rescue Techniques
🌳 Mechanical Advantage

The course blends online learning with on-the-job skills demonstrations. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate demonstrating your ability to learn and retain valuable industry knowledge.
5.75 ISA and CTSP CEUs

TCIA Member Price: $59.99 | Non-Member Price: $89.99
Purchase at tcia.org/shop today!

H-2B Update: @USCIS has reached the additional returning worker visa cap for the First Half of FY2023 with start dates on or before March 31. The agency will continue to accept petitions for ...individuals from Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/alerts/cap-reached-for-additional-returning-worker-h-2b-visas-for-the-first-half-of-fy-2023

A Successful Sales Process Outline by David M. Anderson

"The best way to sell tree care is to be an expert. If you are a good arborist and work as a consultant, you have the essential ...ingredients. Let’s start with that premise and add a few other basics, but extremely important, norms or principles."

David shares his process, here are some of the highlights:
Always be honest
Don't try to save every tree
Don't sell on fear
Manage your calendar
Ask for their budget
Explain what separates you from the competition
Follow up in a timely manner
Set low expectations

Photo: Kristoffer Rasmussen, right, a TCIA Accreditation auditor, and Rafael Palacios Galvez, with YTS Companies LLC, a dual-accredited, 10-year TCIA member company based in Dayton, Minnesota, check a work order on a job site. The crews need to make sure to perform the work agreed to.

Read the full article in this month's TCI Magazine at tcimag.tcia.org

And remember, the print edition of TCI Magazine is always free and delivered to your doorstep - subscribe at tcimag.tcia.org

#tcia #treecareindustry #tcimagazine #treework #arborists #treecare #treecarebiz #arbnation

Savings4Members is one of the many benefits members receive as part of joining TCIA. Last year, in 2022, TCIA members saved a total of $254,065! The most popular programs among members were:
💰... Fuel
💰 Credit Card Processing
💰 Office Supplies
💰 Payroll Processing
💰 Hardware Supplies
“The incredible partnership between TCIA and Savings4Members continues to prove its value by helping TCIA members save more than $250,000 in 2022, through various savings programs such as fuel, credit card processing, hardware & office supplies, payroll processing services, and more. We’re looking forward to another great year and the opportunity to help other TCIA members save on the products and services they use daily to operate their businesses,” said Jason Larson, Vice President, Savings4Members.

With our exclusive group-purchasing discount program, TCIA Member Discounts, you have the ability to take advantage of deep discounts with suppliers such as Hotel Engine, Office Depot, and more! Some of these discounts can even be extended to your employees for personal use, including hotels and entertainment!

TCIA member companies can utilize these benefits at the company level to control costs associated with travel, supplies, and more.

For more information on how you can take advantage of this great program visit member.tcia.org or call 800-733-2622

#tcia #treecareindustry #welovemourmembers #showmethemoney #savings4members #arbnation #arborists #treecarebiz

New Jersey Neonic Ban Coming in 2023

On January 18, 2022, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed S.1016, a bill that restricts the outdoor use of neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides in the... state. The bill’s passage followed a 54-21 vote in the Assembly and a 33-6 vote in the Senate. Supporters of the legislation argue that the bill’s passage will protect pollinator populations, specifically bees.

This law amends the New Jersey Pesticide Control Act and requires neonic pesticides to be classified as “restricted use,” and further prohibits any use of neonics except for agricultural use.

Photo by Adonyi Gábor on Unsplash

Read the full article in this month's TCI Magazine at tcimag.tcia.org or in the link in our bio

And remember, the print edition of TCI Magazine is always free and delivered to your doorstep - subscribe at tcimag.tcia.org

TCIA would like to extend our gratitude to our 2023 Gold Annual Sponsors, whose support allows us to continue our mission of advancing tree care businesses.
@AltecInc
...@APEquipmentFinancing
@Arborjet_ecogel @arborjet
@BanditChippers
@CTOneSource
@Husqvarnausa
@Morbark
@Sennebogen_tree_handlers
@VermeerCorp

To learn more about a TCIA Annual Sponsorship and how you can support the industry contact sponsorships@tcia.org or go online to corporate.tcia.org

#tcia #treecareindustry #weloveoursponsors

Is Your Company Eligible for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)?

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) is a refundable tax credit designed to assist businesses in maintaining staff levels ...during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is still available, and some small businesses may still be able to take advantage of it.

The ERC was initiated by the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by Congress in 2020) and expanded by the subsequent Relief Act, American Rescue Plan Act, and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Eligible employers who didn’t claim the credit when they filed their original return may be able to claim the ERC on an amended employment tax return.

Given the considerable funds at stake, employers should be wary of third parties who are advising them to claim the Employee Retention Credit when they may not qualify.

This article was written by Josh Leonard from Ulman Public Policy, TCIA's Washington, D.C. - based advocacy and lobbying partner, discusses important things to consider when applying for the ERC.

2020 eligibility
Qualified wages paid between March 12, 2020, and January 1, 2021

2021 eligibility
Qualified wages paid between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021
Changes in the eligibility structure for 2021

Read the full article in this month's TCI Magazine at tcimag.tcia.org or at the link in our bio.

And remember, the print edition of TCI Magazine is always free and delivered to your doorstep - subscribe at tcimag.tcia.org

The safety training grant deadline is March 1!

The Arborist Safety Training Institute (ASTI) is excited to introduce two ways to get safety training at low or no cost!
1 Host an ...in-person workshop for local arborists in your area,
or

2 Get self-paced, virtual courses delivered straight to your company!

ASTI offers a limited amount of FREE Tree Care Academy courses at no cost to the industry. Titles are available in both English and Spanish.

Submit grant applications by March 1, 2023
to qualify for in-person workshops held
Aug. 1, 2023 - Jan 31, 2024
Apply today at tcia.org/asti or thru the link in our bio

Funds for ASTI safety training grants are donated by individuals, tree care companies, and equipment and service providers from around the country.

ASTI donors are making an investment in the future of safety throughout the tree care industry.

Questions? | (603) 314-5380 | asti@tcia.org

Great to see @USDA_APHIS's 2022 investments to identify+respond to invasive pests & diseases. The $1.1M+ spent to protect forests from harmful pests in 16 states & $642K+ spent to ...mitigate sudden oak death in 15 states protects communities nationwide. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/newsroom/stakeholder-info/sa_by_date/sa-2023/ppa7721-national

www.aphis.usda.gov

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Download the TCIA mobile app and set up/log in with your TCIA account to keep the conversations going. Access Tree Care Industry-specific highlights on the newsfeed, message other tree care professionals on the app, and set up your agenda to never miss a thing. The app is free and a great resource for anyone attending the TCI EXPO 2021!

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