Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center is joining with Southwestern and Tri-County Small Business Centers to present the 2020 Agribusiness Summit Online. This free summit will take place Monday, December 7, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Featuring new, relevant and exciting topics for current and prospective agribusinesses, the new format will allow attendees to access the content from the comfort of their own workspace while expanding the reach to agribusiness across the region.

“In the wake of the current pandemic, a Virtual Summit is the perfect opportunity to get up-to-date content, resources and information into the hands of our current and prospective agribusiness owners,” said HCC SBC Director Katy Gould. “Of greater importance is the simple fact that the new format provides Summit access to agribusinesses throughout WNC regardless of location, eliminating the barrier of travel expense and time.”

Current and Prospective Agribusinesses are encouraged to take this opportunity to engage with fellow agribusinesses, entrepreneurs and resource providers. The summit is also a great time to learn new skills, up-to-date industry information from resource providers and speakers, and the power of collaboration along the way.

Sessions Include:

  • Marketing Your Food Business in a Post-COVID World
  • Forest Farming: Farm Business Diversification
  • Taking Your Business Online: How to Succeed with Online Sales & Delivery
  • Opportunities for Local Meats
  • How to Start Selling Your Ag Products on Shopify
  • EmPOWERing Your Online Marketing Presence
  • How to Start a New Agribusiness
  • Medicinal Herbs: Farm Business Diversification

In addition, there will be two Resource Provider Sessions:  Meet Your Local Extension Agent and Meet Your Lenders.

The 2020 Virtual Agribusiness Summit is Free to attend; however, preregistration is required. 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.