University of GeorgiaFor people just starting a landscaping or lawn care business and those who haven't been at it long, the University of Georgia offers a helping hand. It's called the "Business Skills Workshop for Beginning Landscape and Lawn Care Professionals" Nov. 15-16 in Griffin, Ga.
The workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of starting your own business. UGA faculty and industry leaders will share tips on developing a business plan, marketing, finding and keeping good employees, legal issues, cost estimating, job bidding, trade associations, GPS applications, common problems, helpful resources and wise decision making.
The sessions begin each day at 8:30 a.m. in the Stuckey Building on the UGA campus in Griffin. They end at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday. Driving directions and maps are online at www.caes.uga.edu/campus/griffin/profile/directions_maps.html.
The fee is $150, or $250 for two people from the same firm. It covers instruction, refreshment breaks and lunch both days, cost estimating software (a $100 value) and handout materials. Seating is limited, so sign up early.
Get a registration form at your UGA Cooperative Extension county office (call 1-800-ASK-UGA1) or online at www.hort.uga.edu/extension/programs/businessSkills.html. To learn more, contact UGA Extension. Or call (706) 542-2861 or (770) 229-3477.
(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)