MENDOCINO Co., 5/30/18 — Ever thought about becoming a contractor? Now that Mendocino County is in the process of rebuilding after the recent fire, on top of a continual shortage of housing in the region, there couldn’t be a better time to start a construction business. There will be a free workshop on June 16 at Mendocino College, hosted by the Sustainable Construction and Energy Technology Program, including local experts in construction and business development to help you get started.
The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature an expert panel discussing strategies for running a successful construction business, followed by a presentation from the State Contractors Licensing Board. The workshop also includes information from West Company experts about getting started with a small business.
Interested? Here’s the details in the press release:
Start your own Successful Construction Business!
Find work you love and help our community re-build their homes.
Mendocino College invites those interested in the building trades to attend a free workshop on June 16 to learn how to start a successful contracting business. With a shortage of home builders and specialty tradespeople in Lake and Mendocino Counties, the Sustainable Construction and Energy Technology Program at Mendocino College aims to bridge the gap. The seminar titled, “Start your own ConstructionBusiness!” takes place Saturday, June 16 from 9-2 at Mendocino College Room 4210, in the library on the Ukiah Campus.
The recent loss of more than 400 homes in Mendocino County and more than 6,000 homes in neighboring Sonoma and Lake Counties as a result of last fall’s wildfires has created a huge demand for technical building assistance. This compounds the housing shortage that existed before the Redwood Complex Fires. Couple this with the fact that some of the most respected builders in our region are nearing retirement, and it is easy to understand the difficulty fire survivors are facing in rebuilding their homes. “While the charred remains of homes have been successfully removed to make way for rebuilding, for fire survivors there’s still the matter of finding the building contractor to help to accomplish the task,” said seminar coordinator Mary Anne Landis.
The workshop will present content on contracting basics, strategies for success, and business skills that will help people starting their own construction business avoid pitfalls. The morning panel of experienced, successful contractors will cover questions such as: What are key ingredients to being successful? How do you secure new clients? Should you expand? How do you buffer yourself from a downturn? How do you maintain crew morale? After the panel discussion, a representative from the State Contractors Licensing Board will be available to describe what participants can and cannot do as a builder without a license, what it takes to get a license, what kind of contracts a contractor can engage, as well as answering general questions.
Participants need to bring a brown bag lunch. After lunch, a panel of experts from The West Company will present the steps required to start a business in Mendocino County, a brief overview of best business practices, and how to stay organized as a self-employed contractor.
This free seminar sponsored by the Sustainable Building Department of Mendocino College will be offered on Saturday, June 16, Room 4210, Library Building. Bring a lunch and join us!