BUSINESS PLANNING FOR FARM AND FOOD ENTREPRENEURS
The Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship and SUNY Cobleskill will present their annual Business Planning Workshop series for farm and food business entrepreneurs from Jan. 25 through March 7.
According to a media release, the workshop series is intended to assist agribusinesses with their business needs from instruction on developing business plans to securing loans and grants, polishing their marketing and branding, identifying and securing new markets, developing and piloting new value-added product lines and supporting farmers, especially dairy farmers, to consider growing new products like grains where there’s a high market demand.
CADE reports in the release that it has been working with entrepreneurs to build stronger, more viable farm businesses for nearly 30 years. SUNY Cobleskill, considered to be one of the leading agricultural colleges in the Northeast, is the home of new farm and food business incubation facilities including commercial kitchens and licensed dairy and meat processing facilities. The Farm and Food Business Incubator is a partnership between CADE and SUNY Cobleskill launched in 2016 and is a New York State certified business incubator designated by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation known as NYSTAR.
The workshop series will include three consecutive Saturday morning sessions and a final workshop. They include Jan 25, Introduction; Feb. 1, Operations; Feb. 8, Marketing and March 14; Putting it all together, including cash flow projections.
There will also be two Saturday workshops for entrepreneurs interested in developing a value-added business on Feb. 22, for product development, rules and regulations and marketing for value-added products; and March 7, for value-added grains as an alternative enterprise
Each workshop sessions will be facilitated by CADE staff and specialist presenters. The workshops will be interactive, hands-on and built around real-world examples and case studies. Participants are encouraged to bring and share examples and questions from their own experiences and plans. There is no charge for any of the workshops in the series, but preregistration is required. Except where noted, the workshops will be held at CADE’s Oneonta office location at 189 Main St. in Oneonta.
CADE encourages attendance at all events in the series, but participants may choose only those that are of special interest to them. Participants who attend all four of the Business Planning workshops will be eligible to receive a Farm and Food Business Incubator certificate.
Visit www.cadefarms.org/2020-incubator-workshops for more information and to register.