To be eligible for consideration, organizations must:

• Enter as a Greenhouse Operation, a Garden Center Operation(1) or Both(2) 
• Have 50% or more of revenue coming from either Greenhouse Operations OR Garden Center Operations
• Be based in the U.S. or Canada
• Have a minimum of 15 full-time or part-time employees working in the U.S. or Canada(3)
• Be in business a minimum of one year   
• Be willing to be featured in Greenhouse Management and/or Garden Center magazine if your company ranks on the Best Horticulture Companies to Work For lists.

(1) Garden centers must have a brick-and-mortar location.
(2) If your organization is a grower-retailer, you must enter your operations as one registration and indicate which industry you fall under. Awards will be presented in each category. If you fall under both, please be sure to select “both” as your industry on the registration form.

(3) To ensure credibility, organizations with 15-24 employees in the greenhouse or garden center operation must have an 80% or better response rate on the employee survey (40% for employers with 25 or more employees). Temporary, per diem, seasonal, 1099 employees, independent contractors, non-employee consultants, interns and volunteers are not counted in the number of employees or included in the survey process.

How to enter your organization

All organizations will participate in one of three ways:

1. As an individual organization possessing one Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).

2. As the parent/holding company of multiple organizations with one FEIN for all subsidiaries. The parent/holding company must register with all eligible employees working for that parent/holding company.

3. Subsidiaries of a parent/holding organization may register separately if each subsidiary organization possesses a separate FEIN. If the organization has multiple facilities, branches, factories, offices or stores, all locations must be included in the survey if they operate under the same FEIN.

Which employees to include

Include all current, full- and part-time United States and/or Canadian employees in the survey process, from the CEO, partners, all the way to line-level employees, including remote employees. Remote employees are defined as employees that work from home or on the road who directly report to a supervisor in the United States and/or Canada. Employees physically located outside of the United States/Canada are not eligible.

Exclude all temporary, seasonal or per diem employees, 1099 employees/independent contractors, volunteers, interns, outside consultants or staffing employees placed by other organizations.



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