The floral industry certainly has a long history, with many associations established for decades. It’s been a focus for generations of people, paying special attention to good practices, growth, and education.
One of those associations that has been a fixture is the Connecticut Florists Association (CFA). Founded in 1933, the CFA is a professional trade association for all branches of the floral industry, including retailers, wholesalers, growers, manufacturers of floral products and supplies, brokers, shippers, importers, and others who service the floral industry. Their membership also includes students, retired florists, university professors, and researchers—bridging together young and experienced professionals with differing viewpoints for the betterment of the industry.
The CFA aims to support Connecticut florists and the floral industry through education, consumer information, business networking, and related opportunities to strengthen the industry and contribute to the local economy. Updates on trends and numerous training programs are all part of the CFA’s mission.
The association’s resource directory includes membership lists for quick contact to network, share best practices, and work together to solve issues.
Resources and advice
The CFA aims to keeps its members in the loop and offers help in a variety of ways, including:
- Bi-weekly newsletters: An email newsletter, CFA Today, is distributed every two weeks.
- On-call advice: ?CFA members may contact Connecticut’s top labor attorney for quick answers on employee problems—for free.
- Florist Federal Credit Union membership: CFA members are eligible to join and take advantage of special rates on loans, merchant card services, online banking, and more.
- Tire discounts: CFA members also enjoy a group discount on tires for personal and business use.
The CFA Floral Design School
The education doesn’t stop with newsletters, online resources, and networking. CFA’s Floral Design School is Connecticut’s only licensed florist trade school, located within CFA’s Northeast Floral Education Center. Members receive exclusive discounted rates on all educational programs. Learn how you can be a part of Connecticut’s floral industry, which accounts for more than $100 million in annual sales.
There are three courses in this program: introduction and basic floral design, beyond the basics, and an advanced session focused on weddings and events. Graduates have been successful in becoming floral designers, managers, and flower shop owners.
The Northeast Floral Expo
The CFA also produces an education-based trade show—the Northeast Floral Expo. Members receive exclusive discounts and a free admission with the payment of annual dues.
The expo, held March 4–5, 2017, in Springfield, Mass., is the ideal setting where you and your staff can learn new ideas, see new products, and refresh your creativity.
We’ll be exhibiting at The Northeast Floral Expo, setting up shop at booth No. 11. Stop by and say hello to Hortica representatives Stan Pettiford and Ron Long. Get more information on the expo at http://www.northeastfloralexpo.com.