Workshop helps you attain business goals

By Gary Sliworsky, Ag rep, Emo

Where do you see your farm business in five, 10, or 20 years?
Do you have a plan that will help you reach your business goals? Do you know where to begin?
The Growing Your Farm Profits workshop can help you identify, plan for, and reach your business goals.
The program focuses on understanding your farm business activities, why it’s important to plan, developing long-term goals, and developing a set of actions to achieve those goals.
Similar to the Environmental Farm Plan, you will complete a self-assessment for your farm business. The workshop then will cover the following eight areas of business management:
•marketing;
•production;
•financial management;
•human resources;
•social responsibility;
•succession planning;
•business structure; and
•business strategy
The workshop facilitator then will help you identify your top priorities, develop an action plan, and provide direction regarding industry resources to aid in implementation.
You will not be asked to share personal or financial details with the facilitator or other participants.
Past participants report the workshops helped them develop realistic action plans for achieving their business goals.
Some of the activities they plan to carry out include:
•“Improve record-keeping to better understand my business”;
•“Learn more about direct marketing”;
•“Determine if the commodity I’m selling is the most profitable in my area”; and
•“Meet with an advisor to develop a written succession plan.”
The workshops are available free of charge, however, space is limited.
Register today by contacting the local OSCIA program representative, Richard Trivers, at 274-2930 or 276-0589 (cellphone), or by visiting www.ontariosoilcrop.org
Local workshops will be held:
•March 25 (Day 1) from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Emo Legion; and
•March 27 (Day 2) from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Emo Legion.

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