Are you thinking about starting an agriculture-related business? Want to increase profits in your existing agricultural business? An upcoming business planning class may provide the opportunity to make your idea become a reality. The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, University of Wisconsin-Extension Agricultural Innovation Center and the Small Business Development Center are sponsoring "Tilling the Soil of Opportunity," a complete business plan development course that will set you on the path to success and sustainability.
The course is customized to address the educational needs of a wide range of agribusiness owners and entrepreneurs. During this class, certified NxLeveL agribusiness educators will teach participants about business management fundamentals including how to assess their business strengths and weaknesses, identify resources, conduct planning and research, understand small business legal issues, market their products and services, create a budget, prepare financial statements, and plan for the future.
Tilling the Soil of Opportunity classes will meet at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following five Saturdays: Jan. 13, Feb. 3 and 10, and March 3 and 10. Each morning and afternoon session features an instructional period, an expert speaker, and a time for discussion and application of new knowledge. Expert speakers typically include bankers, attorneys, consultants, accountants, insurance agents, and successful entrepreneurs.
The course is an official entrepreneurial training program of the SBDC and qualifies participants for Wisconsin Department of Commerce grants to help pay course tuition. Each participant pays only $250 of the $1,000 tuition when he or she completes an approved business plan within three months of the final class date. The remaining $750 of tuition will be paid to the SBDC by the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.
To register for this course or for more information, call (262) 472-3217.