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Construction Business Basics

February 6, 2024

Twelve 2 Hour Sessions from February 6th to April 23rd. 

About the Class

This multi-session course covers all the essentials of running your own construction business with a focus on the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, and Prosperity). Assess where your company is today, create a vision for the future, and take action to make your business more efficient, productive, and profitable. This training is designed for small business owners and members of your management team who are looking for a solid grounding in the basics of running a successful construction business. Each session is a combination of presentation, small group discussion, and Q&A. Each session is intended to help you apply what you are learning to your own business and develop a vision and action plan.

Registration closes on January 23rd.

About HELM

Our purpose is to revolutionize the construction industry, centering the triple bottom line principles of planet, people, and prosperity to become a catalyst for climate justice.

HELM is a collaborative team with expertise in construction, management, leadership, and education. With main offices in Montpelier and Brattleboro, Vermont and satellite offices in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Chicago we work with contractors, Architects, homeowners, business owners, and institutions throughout the country to advance high performance building practices and triple bottom line business principles. HELM is a socially responsible business dedicated to empowering teams to work together in collaborative and creative ways for a common shared outcome.

What to Expect

Sessions will be held weekly via Zoom, every Tuesday from February 6th through April 23rd from 3:00-5:00 pm. We ask that all participants plan to join the Zoom session 5 minutes before the scheduled start time so we can begin promptly.

Each session will be 2 hours long, with a combination of presentation, small group discussion, and Q&A. Each weekly Zoom session is paired with a homework assignment to help you apply what you are learning to your own business and develop your vision and action plan. Each homework assignment will take roughly one and a half hours to complete.

At the end of the 12-week Basics series you will have:

• A 5-year vision for your business, with goals and actions to get you started

• A 2024 operating budget template to calculate the target gross profit margin for your business

• Access to the HELM Resource Library, with articles specifically curated for construction business owners and templates to help you manage your business activities and improve your performance

• Recordings and presentation materials from the Basics sessions for future reference

• A personalized one-on-one session with one of HELM’s business consultants

12 Sessions

Session #1 (2/6) Your Business Vision, Mission, Principles 

Session #2 (2/13) – Your Leadership Style & Your Vision

Session #3 (2/20) – Financial Planning & Reporting

Session #4 (2/27) – Sales & Pre-Construction

Session #5 (3/5) – Pre-Construction Phases

Session #6 (3/12) – Project Management Responsibilities & Strategies

Session #7 (3/19) – Estimating

Session #8 (3/26) – Job Cost Accounting

Session #9 (4/2) – Building Your Team – Hiring & Onboarding

Session #10 (4/9) – Operating Budget

Session #11 (4/16) – Communicating Your Vision

Session #12 (4/23) – Small Group Presentations

Funding Grants Available: Submit by January 16th, 2024

Funding Grants Available: Submit by January 16th, 2024

The Express grant is designed to help businesses of all sizes respond quickly to emerging needs and keep employees engaged. With bite-size grants for just-in-time training and no waiting periods between grants, the Express program is the Workforce Training Fund’s fastest path to funding.

You could take this training for FREE. Complete an Express Grant Application.

Course ID#1135317


February 6, 2024
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