SDSU Extension is hosting a series of trainings April 10, 17 and 24 for local fruit and vegetable growers and food producers, local food-product processors.
The morning sessions will include three business planning sessions running from, 9 a.m. to noon. The afternoon will include three local food focused tracks running from 1-4 p.m.
Individuals interested can register for each session individually. Each session is $15. A lunch will be provided by the Montrose Busy Bees as a fundraiser for $9. The workshops will be held at the Montrose, SD, United Methodist Church, 109 S. Second Ave.
April 10, 9 a.m.-noon: Determining Feasibility. This workshop includes answering feasibility questions, marketing analysis tools, creating a mission statement, setting business goals and objectives.
April 10, 1-4 p.m.: Farmer's Markets. This workshop includes; start-up and selling tips, developing by-laws, provides an agency overview, food safety and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
April 17, 9 a.m.-noon: Developing the Business Plan. This workshop includes an overview/executive summary, company summary, management and ownership, product and service summary, and market analysis, marketing plans, financial analysis.
April 17, 1-4 p.m.: Starting a Commercial Licensed Kitchen. This workshop covers the benefits, start-up, regulations – equipment, facility, food safety, foodservice manager sanitation certification, types of license and beginnings of a business plan.
April 24, 9 a.m.-noon: Business Documents & Financing Options. This workshop includes choosing a business structure, taxes and licensing, overview of financial statements and financing options.
April 24 1-4 p.m.: Online Marketing. This workshop includes interactive session to show tools, tips and techniques for online marketing, popular internet business tools, sites for marketing local food and online etiquette.
Following each business session, a coach will be available for one-on-one business planning assistance, for those not attending the afternoon sessions.
For some sessions it is suggested to bring a laptop or one can be provided. See registration for detail about computer usages at specific classes.
Registration form available at http://www.igrow.org/events. Return this form along with payment to; SDSU Extension-Sioux Falls Regional Center, Attn: Chris Zdorovtsov, 2001 E. 8th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57103. For more information contact Chris Zdorovtsov at 782-3290 or Christina.Zdorovtsov@sdstate.edu.