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Jan Berkowitz Opens New Concrete Business

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Jan Berkowitz is a young entrepreneur who recently opened a concrete company in his hometown, Detroit. He graduated Lawrence Technological University in 2009, and he hopes that his experience will serve him well.

“When I was a child I always asked my parents to buy me new LEGOs. The mere fact that I could build something big from smaller parts was astonishing to my young self. My father was always employed in the building area of work, and my mother is an architect, so you could say that it runs in my family,” said Mr. Berkowitz as he explains his love for construction.

To achieve his dream, Jan had to go through a lot of difficulties which he tells, “If it weren’t for those hard times, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. I come from a place where hard work was something you learned since the age of seven. My father used to take me to his work and help him with what I could: move some bricks or dig some pits for the trees. I never complained about it; I knew that it was the right thing and this is how I learned to be responsible. This is how I was able to keep my mind sane when I was in college. My parents couldn’t help me that much as they had their own problems, so I had to work part-time to survive.”

After he graduated, he had to save money in order to open his dream business. “There were times when I was ready to give up, but something told me that I have to keep chasing my dream. This is why I thank my parents for everything they taught me. I owe them everything I am today because I wouldn’t be able to get through it all without their education and support. Detroit is a tough place, especially when you don’t have many people around you.”

Berkowitz’s Colonial Concrete — as the name suggests — is Mr. Berkowitz’s new concrete business. When we asked what advice he can give to people that want to start a business like his, Jan Berkowitz replied:

“Always start with insurance. You don’t know how much that means; I had to understand it from people that made the mistake of not getting a good insurance. This is why you have to learn from others mistakes sometimes in order to succeed. Also, a portfolio of past work helps a lot. I had a mentor who lost a lot of jobs because he didn’t have a website with reviews. You will not win any bid for anything if you don’t have a proof of past work, I know that it is not fair, but this is how things work. If you know you are awful at concrete, don’t even start it. You will get bad reviews online that will be visible, and people will see that you are not reliable. To fix that, before you are thinking about starting a business with concrete, earn experience with it as much as you can. I had to be a simple worker for a long time after I graduated, and it served me well. Some people get sued because they do an awful job and they don’t even have an insurance.”

But Mr. Berkowitz told us something that is more important than all of the previous advice: “Passion. Know that you really want it; There will be times when you will be one step closer to the edge when everything will fall on your back and you will have to look up. Never give up if you want to succeed, that’s the only recipe I know.”

Jan Berkowitz‘s company has three months of activity and it is already one of the most reliable concrete companies in the city.

Source: Web Presence, LLC


 

Jan Berkowitz and Wade Nodine

A small group of friends from Concord, New Hampshire, started dedicating their time to restoring the playground of their childhood, the local park.

The two friends started a new fundraiser with the goal of adding a new pathway, a ball game court, a trim-trail, and outdoor gym equipment to the park.

By doing so, they hope to attract members of the local community of any age to the park with sources of entertainment as well as space where they can work out for free using the gym equipment.

This is the second time Jan Berkowitz and Wade Nodine are implicated in raising funds to improve the local park. In 2016, they managed to raise enough money to create a new playground for children, and this year they want to help everyone enjoy the park.

The goal is to bring more entertainment sources and help the community members become more active by spending more time outdoors.

While they are proud of their past achievements, they now want to attract adults to the park too, and they plan to use a poll to ask donors what kind of changes they would like to see.

Jan Berkowitz shares what made him start the fundraising in the first place:

“We spent so much of our time in the park growing up, and we want other people to enjoy it as much as we did. We are making huge efforts to make this vision a reality, and we’re so happy to see how engaged the community is. We would love to see an outdoor fitness center, a nice pathway for strollers, a trim-trail for older kids, and more.”

Wade Nodine also shares his motivation on why the fundraising is so important for the community as a whole:

“What we want to do is make sure that the whole community is able to enjoy this fantastic space, and not just the under 12s, which is what the playground currently offers. We don’t know exactly how much money we will need because it will all depend on what people would want to be added to the park. If we raised enough funds, we will just do it all. The park has space, so why not?”

The locals are quite impressed with the amount of effort that is being put into the fundraising as well as the noble goals of the young men who started it.

Even though the fundraiser is in its early stages, it has already received a lot of support. A number of residents, local business owners, and associations have decided to contribute to the fundraising too.

Some in the form of financial contributions and others by providing equipment at discounted prices.

One of the locals shared his opinion on the fundraising:

“The park is such a beautiful space, but it has been left to rot over recent years, and we all feel it is such a shame. It is so inspiring to see three young men pull together and rile up the community to take back ownership of the park. I’m sure they will do great.”

For now, the donors to the cause are more interested in an outdoor gym that might help them stay in shape while saving money on a gym membership.

The park is owned by the local government, and while the authorities don’t have enough funds to contribute to the fundraising, they do their best to reduce the costs of permits and codes that will allow the construction to take place.

The people behind the fundraiser hope that they will get even more attention and feedback at the next village fair, where they will present their plan and vision and hopefully get even more community members interested in the project.

Source: Wade Nodine

 


 

Jan Berkowitz, Wade Nodine, and Harold Blend Give Concord, New Hampshire, a Better Park

​Three friends from Concord, New Hampshire, have started a brand new fundraiser. Their aim is to be able to raise enough money to make some significant improvements to a local park. If they are successful, they will add a ball games court, a trim-trail, a new pathway, and outdoor gym equipment. In so doing, they want to make the park more accessible to the entire community, offering entertainment regardless of age.

This is the second time they have come together. Last year, they raised enough money for the park to create a playground for young children. This was hugely successful, but they had set themselves the goal from the beginning to make the Concord park something for everyone to enjoy. While their playground is greatly appreciated and widely used, they felt it was too limited at present.

Exactly which pieces of equipment they will install and the cost of the whole endeavor will depend on a local resident poll. The three friends, named Jan Berkowitz, Wade Nodine, and Harold Blend, were all born and raised in Concord, and are giving everyone who will make a donation the opportunity to express their opinion on how they would like to see the money spent.

We spent so much of our time in the park growing up, and we want other people to enjoy it as much as we did. We are making huge efforts to make this vision a reality, and we’re so happy to see how engaged the community is. We would love to see an outdoor fitness center, a nice pathway for strollers, a trim-trail for older kids, and more.

 JAN BERKOWITZ

Wade says: “What we want to do is make sure that the whole community is able to enjoy this fantastic space, and not just the under 12s, which is what the playground currently offers. We don’t know exactly how much money we will need because it will all depend on what people would want to be added to the park. If we raised enough funds, we will just do it all. The park has space, so why not?”

Jan Berkowitz, meanwhile, says: “We spent so much of our time in the park growing up, and we want other people to enjoy it as much as we did. We are making huge efforts to make this vision a reality, and we’re so happy to see how engaged the community is. We would love to see an outdoor fitness center, a nice pathway for strollers, a trim-trail for older kids, and more.”

Local residents are very impressed with the work being done. While the new fundraiser is still in its early stages, there has already been a lot of local support, even though the entire community pulled together just one year ago to raise the money for the playground. One resident says: “The park is such a beautiful space, but it has been left to rot over recent years, and we all feel it is such a shame. It is so inspiring to see three young men pull together and rile up the community to take back ownership of the park. I’m sure they will do great.”

A number of Concord residents, associations and businesses have agreed to chip in. Some have agreed on providing financial contributions, while others sourced the necessary equipment at significantly discounted prices. All businesses that are taking part in the fundraiser are local shops. Harold says: “We will probably make a plaque with the names of these businesses on it to thank them for their contributions. But, of course, much of our gratitude will go to the Concord community as a whole.”

So far, residents seem particularly interested in having an outdoor gym in place. This is because it can be used by people of all ages and it can contribute to better health. Meanwhile, the suggested pathway is also getting a lot of support, with people wanting to be able to stroll the perimeter of the path without getting in the way of playing children. Dog walkers are also very keen on having the pathway installed.

The park is owned by the local government and, although they will not be able to make a financial contribution to the fundraiser, they have agreed to allow the construction work to take place. They will also not charge any fees for the necessary permits and codes, nor for the risk assessment, and they have also agreed to ensure that someone will be employed to look after the park once it has been completed.

Concord is keen to support their open and green spaces. It is also home to a very engaged community, who regularly provide feedback on what is happening in the town. Wade, Jan, and Harold will be present at the next village fair, where they will hold a presentation on their plans, receive community feedback, and hopefully raise the rest of the money for the project.

Source: Web Presence LLC