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Women in Ag Presentation, February 2010
 

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Short presentation on Resources to help Nebraska Ag businesses - NebraskaEDGE Program and Nebraska Cooperative Development Center.

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    • Resources to Prepare and Market Your Ag Business
      Elaine Cranford, Cooperative Development Specialist
      Nebraska Cooperative Development Center
      Marilyn Schlake, Associate Director
      NebraskaEDGE & NxBizSuccess.com
    • NebraskaEDGE
      Training Objectives:
      Assist communities to develop and grow small businesses.
      Help individuals achieve their business goals.
      • Complete a business plan
      • Gain practical business management skills, and decision-making tools.
      • Start, expand or sell of their business.
      • Access local business networks & enhanced relationships.
      • Enhanced personal wealth.
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • Available Curricula
      NxLeveL Education Foundation
      • Five Curricula
      • Two Supplemental
      • All English/Spanish
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • EDGE Training Participants
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • EDGE Training Impacts
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • NxBizSuccessis a new website for small business owners and resource providers.
      NxBizSuccess is where:
      • Expertise and ideas are shared with other business owners.
      • Interactive tools and resources help businesses.
      • Events and resources are easily accessible.
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • NE Cooperative Development Center
      Provide Training & Assistance to groups who are forming or expanding a “cooperatively owned” business
      Education and training
      Financial
      Technical Assistance
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • Marketing Plan
      It is a written set of strategies that position your product in the marketplace.
      The plan helps you compete for customer interest and dollars.
      Focus is not on your business, but on your CUSTOMERS!
      Marketing is like planning a Party.
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • Business Entities in Nebraska
      • Several choices available from sole proprietor, to partnerships, to regular corporation, etc.
      • Limited Liability Company
      • Cooperative
      • Limited Cooperative Association
      • Choice most often based on taxation, liability protection, and ease of use
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • Cooperatives Are a Type of Corporation
      • Multiple owners who are user members
      • Variety of goods and services
      • Physical facilities
      • State chartered
      • Members are investors
      • Owned and controlled by members who use its services
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • NE Cooperative Development Center
      Most “New Generation” Cooperatives or LLC’s are formed for marketing purposes
      Jointly marketing production may provide better access to markets
      Working together shares talents, skills, and resources of several individual owners
      Working together spreads financial risk
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • Cooperative Functions
      Three Core Functions
      Marketing - extend control of members’ products through processing, distribution, and sale
      Purchasing - providing affordable supplies and goods
      Service - provide needed services
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • NE Cooperative Development Center
      Types of Coops
      Retail
      Worker
      Producer
      Service
      Housing Cooperatives
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • Women Owned & Operated Cooperative Businesses
      Farmstead First Dairy
      St James Market Place
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010
    • How to reach us:
      Marilyn Schlake
      Associate Director
      NebraskaEDGE &
      NxBizSuccess.com
      mschlake@unl.edu
      402.472.4138
      800.328.2851
      Elaine Cranford
      Business Development Specialist
      NCDC
      ecranford2@unl.edu
      402.472.1748
      800.328.2851
      Women in Agriculture Conference, 2/25/2010