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Class on Estimating and Bidding Planned for January 19 & 20, 2022

by Penn State Extension

Dec 08, 2021

Landscape contractors are invited to this two-day intensive workshop which will be held on January 19 & 20, 2022, at Penn State Extension Berks County, 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, PA 19533. We will discuss how to determine the overhead of operating a landscaping business and create a profitable bid. There will be opportunities to ask questions and explore bidding practices with other contractors.

On the first day, the class will work through a spreadsheet using real-world examples to figure overhead costs of a landscape installation business. Each participant will receive an electronic copy of this spreadsheet, so they can adapt it and use it for their own business. On the second day, the class will work together to create a bid for a small residential hardscape and plant installation job in detail, using the overhead costs determined on the first day of the class.

Join this workshop to discuss benefits and pitfalls of some common estimating methods. Explore the concept of production rates in depth, including why it is important to know what they are and how to determine these rates. We will also discuss profit margins and offering employee benefits.

The instructor is Scott Burk, owner of Scott’s Landscaping, Inc. in Centre County, a mid-size, full-service company. He is a graduate of the Landscape Contracting Program at Penn State University and serves as a guest instructor for current Penn State students. Come hear what one of Pennsylvania’s most successful landscapers has to say about running a profitable business!

The cost to attend this class is $200. Pre-registration and payment are required by January 17, 2022. To register go to: or call 877-345-0691. Class size is limited!

Questions regarding class can be directed to Emelie Swackhamer at [email protected]

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