The SBDCs offer one-on-one consulting specific to agricultural enterprises and specialty food businesses. Through partnerships with the USDA, agricultural extension agents, research entities, product testing labs, and the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), the SBDCs can easily address the needs of companies who wish to take their food product to market.
Educational programs, presentations, and speakers, including ServSafe training for food handlers, are offered throughout the SBDC 18-center network.
The SBDCs offer standard business services to agribusinesses along with specialized assistance for entrepreneurs looking to commercialize new food products.
If you are considering an agri-based business, the SBDC can help you find information and build your comprehensive business plan.
- Start-up issues (what you need to have, or do, in order to begin)
- Marketing (where, how, to whom etc.)
- Regulatory issues
- Profitability analysis
- Financial projections
Be sure to check out our checklist.