Agricultural Business Planning Templates and Resources from ATTRA (pdf) Looking for the latest in sustainable agriculture and organic farming news, events and funding opportunities? We feature all that, plus in-depth publications on production practices, alternative crop and livestock enterprises, innovative marketing, organic certification, and highlights of local, regional, USDA and other federal sustainable ag activities.
Building a Business Plan for Your Farm: Important First Steps (pdf) The Ag Manager website has an invaluable section on Business Planning and Budgeting that is specifically geared towards farming operations.
Templates for Your Business from SCORE Score is a nonprofit organization comprised of "Counselors to America's Small Business", that offer free advice and free business plan templates, along with many other tools.
Farm Business Plan Software PlanMagic Business 9.0 offers you: a comprehensive business plan guide, easy to use well written farm business plan template in a popular word processor format, fully automated financial with a unique yet indispensable product line and products per product line generator, and an easy to use presentation template. The Advanced Edition (AE) further includes state-of-the-art financial analysis tools and a comprehensive web marketing guide.
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US Small Business Administration Starting, Financing, Managing, Business Opportunities, Disaster Recovery...lots of information on small business and free utilities to help get you started.
Small Business Center Network The objective of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners and their employees. Each Small Business Center (SBC) will be a community based provider of education and training, counseling, information and referral.
Mountain Microenterprise Fund MMF is a nonprofit organization that provides business training, loans, and one-on-one support to people throughout Western North Carolina who want to start, expand, or strengthen a small business.
http://www.ncnaturalproducts.org The North Carolina Natural Products Association (NCNPA) has formed to establish North Carolina as a key global supplier of premium-quality plant-based natural medicines, organic products, functional foods, personal care products, and healthy lifestyle options. NCNPA will achieve this mission through educating its member growers, manufacturers, service providers, and affiliates in academia and government, about North Carolina's burgeoning role and opportunities in the global natural products economy, and by continually elevating the quality standards, sustainability, and practices of its members.
www.ahpa.org The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the national trade association and voice of the herbal products industry. Founded in 1983, AHPA is the recognized leader in representing the responsible center of the botanical trade, and is comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products.
www.naturalproductsinsider.com As a registered member with Natural Products Industry Insider via its website, it will allow you to solicit and receive requests for proposals for goods (including raw materials, ingredients and finished goods). It provides detailed information on potential buyers of herbs, medicinals, and food ingredients in whole/cut powder, extract/concentrate, or certified organic format.
www.nutritionaloutlook.com Nutritional Outlook is a manufacturer’s resource for dietary supplements and healthy foods and beverages. Similar to NPII (above), it lists numerous manufacturers (buyers) of herbs and botanicals.
www.frontiercoop.com As a co-op, it is owned by its wholesale customers, and as a company, their customers provide the capital for the business to operate. They started in 1976 and are now a major supplier in the booming natural products industry. Their history of success is a great source to learn from in charting one’s own future. This company is only the tip of the iceberg of possibilities to gain insight from as one writes their marketing plan.