FORT KENT, Maine — The first of its kind in the region, business management training program for loggers and off road truck drivers is set for May 14-15, at the University of Maine Fort Kent.
The seminar, which covers business planning; accounting with QuickBooks; equipment availability and quality; tracking production and inventory; logging and trucking operation planning; human resources and insurance, will be segmented into four modules over the two days.
“The entire focus of the course is to help make them better business people,” said Dana Saucier, consultant from Genesis Performance Partners, who is coordinating the event with Northern Maine Development Commission. “We have found historically that we have extraordinary individuals who make up this industry. Logging and trucking contractors are some of the most dedicated individuals who work long hours, dedicated to professionalism and to doing the best quality work that they can. Unfortunately not all of them have the best training in the business management field so this is critical to advancing their skills.”
Subject matter experts who have experience working with contractors in banking, insurance, human resources and the logging industry will teach the modules.
The registration fee is $100 per company, with up to two employees per company able to attend. Attendance is capped at 30 companies, but depending on interest, this program as well as additional trainings may be offered in the future, so organizers are encouraging as many contractors and potential contractors to sign up. If participants successfully complete both days of training $50 of the registration fee will be reimbursed.
To offset the cost of the training, several corporate partners have signed on at various levels. Platinum sponsors are Katahdin Trust Company, NorState Federal Credit Union, TD Bank, Irving Woodlands LLC, Varney Agency, UMFK and NMDC. Contributing at the Gold level are United Insurance, LEADers Encouraging Aroostook Development and Aramark Dining Services. Acadia Federal Credit Union and Key Bank are Silver sponsors.
Additional details will be released as the course date draws closer.
Registration forms are available by contacting Judy Dinsmore at NMDC at (207) 493-8736 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms are also available on the NMDC website, www.nmdc.org.