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Food & Farming Network to Host Farm Business Viability Series Beginning Feb. 4


Farm Business Viability Series
Location: *Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, 600 E Front Street, 2nd floor Conference Room, (free parking)
February 4 to March 18, 2014, 5-7pm, (Tuesdays)

(*except March 18th, the program will be held at the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance, 1610 Barlow Street, Traverse City MI.)


For more information and to register, contact Susan Cocciarelli (231) 620-4176 or 
$20 per course or $75 for series

Download/view:  Farm Business Viability Series Info Sheet (pdf)

Business Feasibility - Instructor: Chris Wendel, Tuesday, February 4
In this class, we will discuss market research, business assessment and baseline determination. We will look at the big picture, including market identification, introduction to cash flow and capturing competitive analysis data.
Intro to Financial Statements - Instructors: Nic Welty & Chris Wendel, Tuesday, February 11
Align your business plan with current or anticipated cash flows. In this class, we will discuss financial ratios. Review or plan your business plan, market penetration and marketing strategy.
Farm Record Keeping - Instructor: Nic Welty, Tuesday, February 18
Introduction to setting up farm-based record keeping. The training includes access to technical assistance to keep and maintain good production records, and food safety. Some technical assistance provided through the Rehmann Group.
Risk Mitigation and Production Planning -  Instructor: Nic Welty, Tuesday, February 25
Using the Farm Credit Council’s one page risk mitigation planning tool, farmers will learn the principals behind risk mitigation planning.
Financial Farming - Instructor: Chris Wendel, Tuesday, March 4
Learn to understand and be prepared to apply for capital, as well as how to access diverse sources of capital, including local savings programs, flexible loans, and other public and private dollars.
Leasing or Buying Land: Farm Succession and Land Transfer Strategies
Instructor: Brian Bourdages, GTRL Conservancy, Tuesday, March 11
Learn about programs and effective strategies to lease and purchase farmland from farm specialists in the region.
Mobilizing Market Channels - Instructor: Rob Sirrine, Tuesday, March 18
Farms and food businesses will share market opportunities through the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance.
*NOTE: This program will take place at the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance, 1610 Barlow Street, Traverse City MI.

For more information and to register, contact Susan Cocciarelli (231) 620-4176 or 
$20 per course or $75 for series

Download/view:  Farm Business Viability Series Info Sheet (pdf)



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