Classes & Workshops

 

Beginning Farmer & Rancher Business Development - Business Planning/Capital Track (Friday Harbor) Oct 18 2017
8:30am
5:00pm

Marketing, Business Planning, and Access to Capital Workshops for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

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Starting Your Business - Business Concepts, Strategies, and Terminology Oct 24 2017
9:00am
3:30pm

There are many critical details involved in starting a business. This class is geared towards providing foundational information to help new farmers and food related businesses to answer key questions.

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Economic Opportunities for Latino Farmers Oct 28, 2017 Oct 28 2017
12:00pm
5:00pm

Come listen and learn directly from two amazing Minnesota Latino cooperatives. The workshop will also feature local business development assistance providers including NABC, Community Action of Skagit County, Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Viva Farms and WSU Skagit Extension.

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USDA Value Added Producer Grant Boot Camp Oct 31 2017
8:45am
4:30pm

The USDA Value Added Producer Grant provides agricultural producers with working capital to bring value-added products to market. These grants can range from less than $5,000 up to $250,000 and provide a dollar-for-dollar match to producers’ capital (for every dollar a producer spends, the USDA will match it with a dollar).

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Access to Capital: Veterans, Minorities, Beginning Farmers Nov 8 2017
8:45am
4:30pm

NABC invites farm and food-related business to an all-day event to meet face-to-face with representatives of lending programs and financial institutions that provide loans from less than $5K to more than $1M.

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CINA's Cider & Perry Production-A Foundation Nov 13-17, 2017 Nov 13 2017 8:30am
Nov 17 2017 5:00pm

This five-day course located in Olympia, Washington provides students with expert knowledge of cider and perry principles and practices. The curriculum includes information regarding cider culture, production, and business. Students of this course will participate in hands-on sensory demonstrations, laboratory exercises, and blending trials. The course involves hands-on practical lab work, lectures, workshops, and cider tastings that include a detailed step-by-step guide to cider and perry production. Instructor: Andrew Byer of Finnriver Farm & Cidery.

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Cooperatives and How They Work: Mutual Benefits Nov 14 2017
8:45am
4:30pm

Cooperatives have long provided a successful business model to help groups of farmers achieve services, markets, and scale that an individual farm can’t achieve. This day will provide local producers and buyers with some great examples of cooperatives providing a mutual benefit not only for farmers, but for businesses and consumers as well.

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CINA's Cider & Perry Production - Science & Practice Nov 27 2017 8:00am
Dec 1 2017 5:00pm

Tutored by Peter Mitchell, this 'master class’ for the Cider Institute of North America (CINA), builds on the ”Foundation” program and aims to cover, in depth, the following key aspects of cider & perry production:

•Meeting consumer requirements.
•Management of cider & perry production as biotechnology – its microbiology & biochemistry.
•Selection, application & management of production processes & technologies.
•The flavor of cider & perry and sensory evaluation of the products concerned.
•Quality Assurance and Quality Control of cider & perry production.

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Business Enterprise Feasibility Dec 5 2017
8:45am
4:30pm

ForBeginning and Small Farm or Food Related Businesses: You want to start a new farm or food related business. What do you need to know and how do you predict the potential viability of your proposed business?

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Cooperatives and How They Work: Legal Structures Jan 16 2018
1:00pm
5:00pm

Legal Structures, Tax Laws, and Board Policies: This1/2 day workshop is geared towards existing cooperatives and groups that are considering a cooperative start-up.

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Access to Capital: Supported Lending Programs Jan 23 2018
8:45am
4:30pm

SBA and USDA Supported Lending Programs: NABC invites mid-to-large scale farm and food-related business to an all-day event to meet face-to-face with representatives of lending programs and financial institutions that provide loans from $25,000 to more than $2M.

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Getting Your Products Into the Market Jan 30 2018
8:45am
4:30pm

For Beginning and Small Farms and Food Related Businesses: The workshop will feature a panel of buying experts from the grocery, restaurant, and institutional food service industries. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn from “real-life” experts.

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Access to Capital: Funding Options Feb 6 2018
8:45am
4:30pm

Crowd Funding, Private Offerings, and Sale of Non-voting Shares of Stock: This workshop will provide participants with information and a variety of strategies to consider.

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Cooperatives and How They Work: Membership & Capital Drives Feb 13 2018
1:00pm
5:00pm

Come and hear from successful cooperative and membership organizations. Learn what it takes to attract and engage new members.

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Building A Business Plan Feb 14 2018
8:45am
4:30pm

For Beginning and Small Farms, and Food Related Businesses: This workshop, presented by NABC staff with more than 20 years of business planning experience, will take you step-by-step through all of the components of the business plan.

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Product Development For Value-Added Foods Mar 6 2018
8:45am
5:00pm

This workshop is geared to small scale producers of preserves, sauces, dressings and vinegars, snacks, baked goods and other value-added products.

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Economic Opportunities for Latino Farmers March 2018 Mar 31 2018
12:00pm
5:00pm

Come listen and learn directly from two amazing Minnesota Latino cooperatives. The workshop will also feature local business development assistance providers including NABC, Community Action of Skagit County, Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Viva Farms and WSU Skagit Extension.

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Contact Us

Northwest Agriculture Business Center
419 South 1st Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 2924
Mount Vernon, WA 98273-2924

Tel: (360) 336-3727
Fax: (360) 336-3751
Toll free: (888) 707-2021
TTY/ TRS users: dial 711
Email: info@AgBizCenter.org

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