Burlington--A good business plan is crucial to the growth, profitability and success of a logging operation or forest business whether a start-up or long-established enterprise.  

To help foresters, loggers, mill owners, forest business and finance professionals and truckers sharpen their business planning skills, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension has developed a new workshop, Business Plans for Forest Businesses. It will be offered May 29 at the North Country Career Center, 209 Veterans Ave., Newport, and again on May 30 at the UVM Extension Office, 271 North Main St., Ste. 110, Rutland. 

Registration is required by May 22. The cost is $60 per business for up to two people, $15 for each additional employee, and includes lunch. All attendees are eligible to receive 8 LEAP credits and 5.5 CFE credits. Space is limited so early registration is advised.

To register send a check, payable to VT LEAP, to David Birdsall, 41 Northrup Rd., Middletown Springs, VT 05757. Please note the date and location of the workshop on your check. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to attend, please call Christi Sherlock at (866) 860-1382, ext. 200, by May 8. 

The workshop, which will run from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., will be led by Chris Lindgren, UVM Extension forest products business educator; Steve Bick, Northeast Forests, LLC, Thendara, New York; and Wendy Farrand, Forest Machine Magazine columnist. They will share a number of industry-specific templates and business management planning tools designed to increase productivity and profitability. 

In addition to hands-on learning to create a viable business plan, participants will explore ways to use that plan to grow a successful business. They also will develop both mission and vision statements and learn how to build relationships that drive sales and marketing. 


Christi Ellen Sherlock