Lowcountry Local First partners with Clemson Cooperative Extension to offer 8-week intensive in Agriculture Business Planning

Lowcountry Local First (LLF), in partnership with Clemson Cooperative Extension, has opened up the call for applications to the 2018 Agricultural Business Planning Course. This 8-week intensive will provide an overview of the business planning process as well as instruct individuals on how to best manage an agriculture-related business. Each participant will receive a business planning workbook, subscription to a business planning template, start-up fact sheets and budgets.

Topics covered include pre-planning, marketing, pricing, cost of production, profitability, financial statements, and organizational management. Participants will walk away with a business plan framework and will pitch their business concepts to a panel of peers and experienced professionals for feedback. The curriculum is a combination of Clemson’s materials along with the most recent, cutting-edge business planning tools. The class will be taught by Clemson’s Agribusiness Team, integrating outside experts for certain topics. There will be an opportunity to build and foster a strong regional and statewide network for ongoing support and assistance.
The class size will be capped at 20 participants. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis now through August 31, 2018.

WHO SHOULD APPLY? Entrepreneurs interested in developing or expanding a sustainable agricultural business in South Carolina.
COST: $450 / individual. $100 will be reimbursed upon submission of complete business plan.
LOCATION: Clemson Extension Office; 259 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
COURSE TIMEFRAME: September 10 – October 29, 2018; Monday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. Business plans will be due Nov 12, with a pitch competition being held Nov 19. Learn more and apply: https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/farmbusiness/

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