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The Right Connections Make All the Difference
At AmericanHort, we believe best practices are the key to survival, enabling you to perform better on a daily basis. We’re committed to finding the best practices throughout the industry and sharing them with our members. Become a member today and we can connect you with the additional information you need to drive your business forward and grow faster.
If anyone is not a member of AmericanHort, please seriously consider joining. The money is probably the best money you will ever spend. One example, the PPP1 rules were changed about a trillion times during the application process. If one applied before the seasonal employer calculations were revised, you got shortchanged. AmericanHort explained how PPP1 can be amended, right now, to fix that. That one thing paid my dues for the next 20 years or more. It is *our* trade organization!”
Ed BemisBemis Farms Nursery, Spencer, MA
We offer three levels of membership in AmericanHort; Basic, Plus and Premium.
And when your company joins AmericanHort, all of your associates are members, so join us today!
With a Premium AmericanHort membership you get everything you’d get with a Basic or Plus membership, but you’ll also receive priority access to resources and services that will help you and your business achieve your greatest goals. Check out the details below.
Still not sure what level of membership is right for you?
Feel free to contact us with questions, or review the information below.
$1195 - $3495*
All the Basic and Plus member benefits plus…
Receive weekly Capitol Wire email with political and business insights
*Premium members: Cost based upon gross sales Less than $5 million $1,195 $5-$10 million $2,195 $10 million+ $3,495
Students, Educators/Researchers, & Retirees
AmericanHort offers student member, academic and retiree memberships. These membership rates are:
Student membership – $25 per year
Academic membership – $75 per year
Retiree membership – $75 per year
The membership benefits at these levels are those of Basic members.
We are continuously strengthening our existing connections and establishing new ones so that we can answer the questions you have and make you aware of the questions you did not even know you needed to ask. We look forward to connecting with you; become a member, today. Still have questions? Check out our membership FAQs
Keep a little green in your pocket:
As a member of AmericanHort you can take advantage of a variety of business savings opportunities through the following affinity program partnerships.
Plant Sentry is a software program pioneered by Nature Hills Nursery that provides a comprehensive plant compliance tool designed to ensure that wholesale, retail and e-commerce vendors grow and ship only plants that are fully compliant with all federal regulations and restrictions and those of all 50 states. AmericanHort members will be eligible for cost savings in using the Plant Sentry program. Savings will vary based on each business’s needs.
Merchant Services offers the newest technologies in electronic payment systems to help your every business function – from tracking inventory by plant type to customer marketing for seasonal savings – all from one complete management system. Prepare your business to accept new EMV smart chip cards and mobile payments such as Apple Pay™, or take your business on-the-go with mobile processing options that ensure that wherever you are, you never miss a sale. Merchant Services has been a nationwide supporter of the green industry for years, providing members with cost-cutting, profit-increasing programs designed to help your business run smoother and grow faster. To find what solutions best fit your business, contact Scott Norris at 800-889-7242 ext. 7865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a complimentary consultation.
“We have been in the business of growing and selling plants for over 40 years. When we were looking for a new credit card processor who understood our seasonal industry, Scott Norris at Merchant Services helped us with a program that worked with our business model. We saved money and received no early termination fee on our contract. Scott is very easy to get in touch with and very responsive.”
Pete Shafer Nanticoke Gardens
Credit Rating Service
(Wholesale growers and suppliers only)
The American Nursery Credit Association (ANCA) is a member-based organization where members enjoy a unique credit rating service, devised by and limited to wholesale growers and suppliers, to facilitate industry commerce via a system of confidential reports. No need to send credit reference requests to your colleagues, simply login to the ANCA website and find out what you need to know.
AmericanHort members not already members of ANCA, can join at a $50 discount.
Renew and you’ll receive a $25 discount for your second year.
To join, contact Angela Burkett at 717-724-0296 or email@example.com.
“The ANCA database allows our sales department to make a same-day credit decision without the hassle of mailing or faxing out references and waiting for the response.” Greg Pilcher Iseli Nursery
Commercial Collection Agency
CST Co. is a full-service commercial collection agency with over 88 years of experience in the personal handling of accounts worldwide. Inside adjustors average over 20 years of experience in commercial collections, most of it with CST. CST also has field representatives in or near every major US city – they are available to meet with you personally to discuss your credit and collection issues. They can also call on your past-due customers, when appropriate, to provide personal service on your accounts. CST is licensed and bonded in all 50 states where a commercial collection agency license is required. Members receive a 20 percent to 25 percent discounton preliminary collection services.
To get signed up or for more information, contact CST’s client services department at 800/626-5873 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://www.cstcoinc.com
“I have been a credit and collections manager for 30 years. I have used many collection agencies through the course of my career. I would strongly recommend the services of CST Company. I started using them several years ago and have not used anyone else since…No games, no complaints, just great collections from a great company.”
Olga Trujillo, Accounts Receivable BFN Operations (Berry Family Nurseries)
AmericanHort members save up to 75% off on office, home and school supplies at Office Depot OfficeMax! Enjoy exclusive pricing and discounts on office essentials, toner, paper, cleaning products, breakroom items, furniture and more. Save online and in-stores.
Exclusive Benefits Include:
UP TO 75% OFF Best Value Products – plus thousands of items discounted below retail
Contract Pricing on HP Ink & Toner – save on the products you need
Discounted Copy/Print Services – B&W: 2.5¢ | Color: 22¢ | Finishing: 35% off | Signs & Banners: 20% off
Cleaning & Breakroom Items – 400+ products with savings up to 51%
Promotional Products – last column pricing
Next Business-Day Delivery – FREE on qualifying orders over $50
Reusable In-store Discount Card – save at any Office Depot OfficeMax store
ARCOM is recognized as the specification experts in the construction and building industries and has been trusted by design and specification professionals for decades. Dedicated to simplifying specification development, ARCOM’s specification writers, software developers, and support professionals integrate exceptional specification content with software solutions to help design professionals produce specifications in less time.
ARCOM exclusively publishes MasterSpec® for The American Institute of Architects (AIA). MasterSpec is the most widely used and comprehensive master guide specification system in the building industry and is used by top architectural, engineering, and landscape architecture firms. ARCOM’s innovative specification productivity software tools dramatically simplify specification creation, research, editing, and formatting The MasterSpec Landscape Architecture Library is endorsed by AmericanHort.
AmericanHort members receive a 10% discount on the MasterSpec Landscape Architecture library.
Contact ARCOM at 800-424-5080 or at email@example.com for more information.
Whether you plan to exhibit at or attend an AmericanHort event (including Cultivate), we make it affordable to participate in the events. For example, all employees of member companies are eligible for registration discounts. Member Company Plus and Member Company Premium levels receive significant savings on business-development activities, including special rates for trade shows.
Summaries of the latest business best sellers
The Business Source offers concise summaries of books you need to read. Each month learn best practices and gain powerful insights from leading-edge thinkers, industry experts and world renowned business gurus. And best of all, we’ve arranged a special price exclusively for AmericanHort members – over 70 percent off the regular price (save $91!)
APPI Energy is available to provide data-driven, holistic energy management services and custom solutions tailored to your organization’s specific needs and goals. As part of your membership benefit, APPI Energy can analyze your energy usage, evaluate your energy bill, deliver a green-apples-to-green-apples comparison of supplier prices and contracts, and negotiate a supply solution tailored to your budgetary needs and sustainability goals.
Benefits to you include:
Negotiating on your behalf: Advocating for you, not the supplier or the utility
Minimizing risk: Analyzing contracts and monitoring regulatory changes
Providing customized solutions: Including comprehensive evaluations on demand and usage profile
Save you time: Evaluate local utility and government policies to ensure all incentives are being captured
Operating on a foundation of data-driven consulting solutions, designed to help you save time, money, and minimize budgetary risk on the energy procurement process, APPI Energy is unbiased, working with only the most trusted, heavily-vetted suppliers.
Additionally, APPI Energy offers energy management solutions to reduce demand, reduce costs, and increase sustainability. As a true extension of your team, APPI Energy provides holistic, tailored solutions that help you set and meet your energy goals while reducing overall energy costs. To learn more about the member benefit, contact Carrie Shepard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.520.6685.
PartnerShip® is a comprehensive inbound and outbound shipping program that combines simplicity, savings, and value to all AmericanHort members –
Members receive exclusive discounts on domestic and international shipments through the AmericanHort Shipping Program, managed by PartnerShip®. Whether your shipment is going across the country or across the world, you’ll ship smarter with this free AmericanHort member benefit.
Save on small package shipping with discounts of 45% on FedEx Express and 25% on FedEx Ground.
Reduce your freight costs with competitive LTL and truckload rates from UPS Freight, YRC Freight, XPO, and many others.
As an AmericanHort Premium member, you have access to complimentary consultations from national legal experts on employment, immigration, safety, and agricultural and horticultural law.
As an exclusive member benefit, Premium members of AmericanHort have access to our team of legal experts at JPH Law (formerly CJ Lake LLC), a nationally known and respected law practice based in Washington, DC. General guidance and “second opinions” may be provided via phone or email consultations at no cost. Members who need more in-depth legal assistance may choose to retain JPH Law at a preferred AmericanHort member rate.
Topics that the JPH Law legal team covers include:
Fair Labor Standards Act and Wage and Hour, including audits
Overtime and exemptions
Seasonal worker issues
Affordable Care Act
Immigration, the I-9 form, and audits
Electronic employment verification (E-Verify)
H-2A and H-2B temporary and seasonal visa programs
Save Significantly on Your Workers’ Compensation Premium
Did you know that many alternative discounts are available to help reduce your annual Ohio workers’ compensation costs? Through the AmericanHort workers’ compensation program, your organization can significantly reduce your workers’ compensation costs through a variety of alternative rating programs. Our program, administered by Sedgwick, offers you quality service and stability through the complex workers’ compensation environment.
For over 50 years, Sedgwick has been helping employers navigate Ohio’s workers’ compensation system, providing services to help them control claim-related costs and reduce premiums. Our team includes the experienced colleagues from CompManagement and CareWorks Comp. The two companies merged and are now Sedgwick. Together, we serve nearly 65,000 Ohio employers including organizations of all sizes operating in various industries across the state. Group rating programs administered by Sedgwick have produced over $4 billion in savings since group rating was introduced in 1991, and their group retrospective programs have returned over $630 million in premium refunds since the program began in 2009.
If your organization is not yet participating in this member benefit, and you would like to receive a free, no-obligation analysis from Sedgwick, email our Business Development Manager, Julia Bowling at email@example.com
Member Company Plus and Member Company Premium memberships get significant savings on business-development activities, including special rates for trade show exhibiting.
You could save up to $700 per booth space. Contact Sherry or Elizabeth at 614-487-1117 or go to AmericanHort.org/Events to see where you need to be.
Get out there and get in front of greenhouse and nursery growers, garden and floral retailers, interior plantscapers, exterior landscapers,and other horticulture professionals by advertising with AmericanHort.
AmericanHort Resource Directory
Cultivate On-Site Guide
Save $50 to $400. Contact AmericanHort at 614-487-1117 to learn more.
Interested in becoming a Partner Business? Click here for guidelines and an application.
To renew online, simply login here with your company username and password and click the “Renew now” button. You can also call the office directly at (614) 487-1117, and we’ll take your information over the phone. Finally, you can mail back payment with the the renewal form that we send you shortly before your membership expires.
Pass the bi-monthly Connect newsletter around after you’re done reading it, and forward those above mentioned emails to appropriate people at your company. We also recommend updating your company roster of employees when you login to your company profile here.