Help on offer for starting or expanding an on-farm business

Along with business development info and tools, new-venture specialists offer coaching and connections

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Thinking of starting a new business or adding something new to your existing product line?

“Before you start, you need to do your homework and research what is already available and what is needed,” said Kathy Bosse, new-venture specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

“This may seem like a daunting task, but there is assistance available.”

The new-venture specialists provide assistance to new or existing producers and small processors in Alberta who are looking to develop a new business idea or expand an existing enterprise. They provide information and tools to help make decisions regarding business development and growth. They can also connect them with others in the industry who can help them with their ideas.

“The goal of this team is to coach individuals to develop business wisdom and to understand what it takes to be a successful business,” said Bosse. “The team asks the tough questions such as: What is unique? Why would I buy your product or service? Who is your primary customer?

“They also provide information on trends, market channels, regulations, financing and much more.”

To reach a new-venture coach, call 310-FARM (3276).

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