Ready to roll up your sleeves and get down to business on bettering your business? At our profit and business planning workshops, you will work closely with our experienced team of consultants to develop tools and skills you can apply directly to your organization. Be they at your plant or our offices, our workshops give you the business planning fundamentals you need to optimize your processes and procedures…and to lead your business forward towards success.

Machine Hour Rates and Profit Planning Fundamentals Workshop

IMG_0118February 16 – 17, 2017, Springfield, MA
Perfect for financial managers, sales managers, estimators, and cost accountants from folding carton, corrugated, commercial printing, flexible, label, and contract packaging companies, in this two-day intensive workshop, students will create the necessary budgets and construct a complete set of Machine Hour Rates for costing and pricing.

Participants will also learn how to:

• Create a profit plan
• Determine the true cost of labor
• Construct variable and fixed overhead budgets
• Establish production centers and estimate their hours, downtime, and efficiency
• Develop machine hour rates for cost and pricing
• Monitor profitablity by order

The Insomniac Converter’s Handbook will be mailed to all students prior to the workshop and participants will return home with detailed instructions and every tool necessary on how to implement profit planning in their own plants. If the state of the union is making you think twice about discretionary expenses like this workshop, you’ll be glad to know that every single company using these techniques is earning higher profits. The return on your investment will be measured in months, not years.

Continuing Professional Eduction (CPE) credits available for attending this workshop.

Fast Facts: Everything You Need to Know About the Workshop!

To register, call 413.686.9199 or email
Registration Fee: $1,275/person
Tuition includes materials, breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, reception, dinner, and free unlimited technical support. Guaranteed value or your money back!

Business Planning Workshop

IMG_0110This workshop is an intensive management team training at your facility where elements of project management and change management will provide a process for strategic management process implementation. The course provides the tools needed to:

  • Identify and achieve long-term goals.
  • Define your organization’s unique vision, core values, and purpose.
  • Reach agreement on Profit Planning Fast Facts 2017key priorities and initiatives.
  • Track performance against defined targets.

To set up a time for training or for more info, call 413.686.9199 or email

Substitutions/Cancellations Policy: Substitutions are accepted at any time. To obtain a refund of your registration fee (minus a $150 processing fee), notify The Markens Group and receive a notification of confirmation at least 30 days before the workshop begins. Between fifteen and twenty-nine days before the workshop, the processing fee is $500. Within two weeks of the workshop, no refunds are offered.

Discounts: If your MA-based company has 50 or fewer employees, you may be eligible for a 50% tuition refund for our workshops through the Express Grant program offered by the State of Massachusetts’ Workforce Training Fund. Please contact the State directly for more info on eligibility.