December 3, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Education Center at Berkshire Botanical Garden
$195.00 - To register, call Berkshire Community College: 413-236-2127 or Berkshire Botanical Garden: 413-298-3926
Elisabeth Cary

017Classes meet on Thursdays, 1-5pm: December 3-17, 2015.

This course is a must for those working or planning to work professionally in the field of horticulture.  Participants will learn how to write a simple business plan, understand a team approach using subcontractors to a business advantage and ways to organize a business…from sole proprietor to incorporating (S-Corp, Inc, LLC). This course will cover dealing with employees, insurance and tax write-offs.  Learn the industry standards for markups on materials and labor, what the going rate is to charge clients and how to cost estimate projects.   Students will complete a cost estimate for a residential project – start to finish.  The focus will be on staying small, lean and smart and finally how to make a profit

Instructor – Craig Okerstrom-Lang, ASLA, is a landscape architect located in Berkshire County.  His vast business experiences ranges from public to private projects.  He teaches a variety of programs for the botanical garden including graphic, design and business practices.


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