Free webinar will help you prepare wisely for business expansion

Maybe it’s low interest rates. Or a surge in sales. Or a long-term strategy. Whatever your reasons, if you’re thinking about expanding your business’s physical space, it’s important to take your specific needs and situation into account. The process calls for many steps — from finding financing to selecting a site to making design decisions. Getting expert guidance can be a big help — and save you significant time and money down the road.

That’s why Shelter is joining with other industry professionals to present Positioning Your Business for Expansion, June 2 and 4, noon-1 p.m. This free webinar will provide online education and advice to business owners and entrepreneurs who want to add to, move or remodel their facility. To (virtually) attend the live event, register here.

The course will include insights from Shelter architect Hal Snow, AIA, NCARB, along with Nick Mohr of Rhom Construction, Andrew Martin of Goldridge Companies and Beth Crowell of The Hippie Banker.

“As you pursue financing and make plans for a business expansion, it can take time — usually months — to get all your ducks in a row,” says Snow, who heads Shelter’s Eau Claire office. “We’ll lay out many of the factors you need to consider, and we’ll help you understand when to engage various professionals, so you can get the best value from your project. We’ll share information about preliminary cost estimates, advice on site selection, and insights from real estate and financial experts. All of that will help you navigate what can otherwise be a complicated, cumbersome process.”

Each of the webinar’s sessions will run about an hour, including time for questions. The agenda will include:

Session One (June 2)

  • Why plan now?
  • Tips for finding the “right” professionals for your project
  • Preliminary design and programming

Session Two (June 4)

  • Location, location, location
  • Preliminary cost estimating
  • Understanding your project timeline
  • Professional fees and services

As the webinar’s presenters prepared for the event, Snow notes, “The more research we did, the clearer it became that this kind of valuable information is not easily found in a single, accessible location. We don’t think there’s anything else like it available right now.”

If you can’t participate in the webinar while it’s live, recordings will be available to watch later. As you view the replays, you’ll have opportunities to send questions to the presenters, who will reply via email.

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