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Business Planning Basics +++. Holistic Planning of Your “Whole within a Whole”. Today’s Goals. Learn about the Business Planning Process & Tools Use Holistic Management in the Business Planning process “Planning A Whole Within A Whole”

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Business planning basics

Business Planning Basics +++

Holistic Planning of Your

“Whole within a Whole”


Today s goals

Today’s Goals

Learn about the Business Planning Process & Tools

Use Holistic Management in the Business Planning process “Planning A Whole Within A Whole”

Share your Business Planning Experiences and Build Connections within your Mentee Working Group

Review Holistic Goal, Testing Decisions, Financial Planning, Marketing concepts and answer lingering Questions


Break into your mentee groups

Break into Your Mentee Groups

In Pairs, Answer the Following (switch after 2 min):

Write this answer on index card:

What do you know about Business Planning?

Explain How you Completed Your Business Plan if you have one.

What do you hope you will learn today?


Intro to online business planning tools

Intro toOnline Business Planning Tools

http://app1.sba.gov/training/sbabp/index.htm

Small Business Administration Online

Planning Workshop


Other online resources

  • http://counseling.score.org/AvectraScore/Secure/CounselorSearchResult.aspx?KeyWord=business+plan&State=MA

  • http://www.score.org/template_gallery.html

  • http://www.sbtv.com/InternetMarketing

  • http://www.mass.gov/?pageID=elwdconstituent&L=2&L0=Home&L1=Businesses&sid=Elwd

  • http://www.e-myth.com/pub/htdocs/emr_ch1

Other Online Resources

SCORE – mentors

-templates

Small Business TV

-internet marketing

Mass.gov

Emyth Worldwide


Farm related online resources

  • http://www.agmrc.org/markets__industries/

  • http://www.umass.edu/nefe/state_specific/state_ma.html

  • http://www.msfa.net/

  • http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/organic/index.html

  • http://nesfp.nutrition.tufts.edu/resources/plainlanguage.html

  • http://www.polyfaceyum.com/shop/

Farm Related Online Resources

AgMRC

New England Food Entrepreneurs

MA Specialty Foods Association

Meat

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Polyfacefarm


Internet direct marketing tools

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIWlIrTNA1w

  • http://wrcinashfield.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/biointensive-farming-brix-and-soils-training-for-farmers-in-rural-panama/

  • http://www.slide.com/arrange

  • http://twitter.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=112693256104&share_id=103651399669991&comments=1#!/Polyfacefarm?ref=share

Internet Direct Marketing Tools

YouTube

Wordpress

Slide

Twitter

Facebook


Describe your management structure

  • Business Management Structure

Describe Your Management Structure

Think about each job that needs doing on the farm, starting with the President/CEO,

Who needs to report to who?

What are the standards that need to be met?

Do you have job descriptions for each job?

Write down the name of the person responsible for each job, even if it is you for all jobs

Are the necessary steps written down?


Work in your mentee groups

Work in Your Mentee Groups

Review the

Components of the Business Plan, (30min.)

Brainstorm ideas & discuss Areas you need to work on in your own plan (30 min.)

Report Back to the group (30 min.)


In mentee groups work in pairs

In Mentee Groups, work in pairs

Review Holistic Goal – three Parts?

Review Weak Links from Financial Plan

Review Marketing Concepts

Test a Business Planning Decision


Closing thoughts

Closing Thoughts?

In Pairs,

Use Testing To Decide on Three New BP/Marketing Tools you would like to try this year

What Weak Link will they help You address?

When Will you Complete implementation of these 3 New Ideas?

Report your ideas and implementation Date on index card & hand to Your Mentor, they will check in with you on your progress


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