Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center and regional agribusiness partners will hold a free Regional Agribusiness Summit Wednesday, December 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the HCC Auditorium. The one-day, multi-track summit is designed for the specific needs of current and prospective agribusinesses including farmers, value-added processors, beverage manufacturers, food service businesses and more. The event is sponsored by Carolina Farm Credit.

Food, beverage and agriculture-based businesses are unique ventures and require special business planning methods. This not-to-miss one-day event will provide attendees with the tools needed to move an agribusiness forward. In addition to informative seminars and workshops, attendees will have the opportunity to network with others in the field and meet firsthand with industry-specific resource providers and business coaches. Those in attendance will enjoy a powerful keynote session and lunch.

Sessions include:  Rules and Regulations for Simple Food Manufacturing for Business Owners; The Business of Organic; Telling Your Money Where to Go Instead of Wondering Where it Went; Direct Marketing for Small to Medium Scale Agriculture Markets; Introduction to High Tunnels for the Small Business Farm Owner; Bookkeeping and Tax Basics for Agripreneurs; Expanding Your Food Business to Wholesale; Beginner Graphic & Marketing Design for Agripreneurs; and Beyond the Corn Maze (Agritourism).

Attendees will learn from expert speakers including representatives of the NC Department of Agriculture, NC Department of Revenue, RC&D Council, NC Center for Environmental Farming Systems, The Sequoyah Fund and more. Networking opportunities with area agriculture based resource providers will also be available.

Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 for additional information or to register today. Thinking about starting a business in Haywood County or growing an existing business? Take advantage of the programs, services, and resources provided by the Small Business Center. The NC Community College’s Small Business Center Network facilitates an economic impact in 90 percent of all NC counties each year and ranks number one in the U.S. for total business seminars and participants. In addition, the network helps start an average of over 700 businesses every year and works to create and retain 3,800 jobs annually for North Carolina. Visit ncsbc.net for more information.