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Originally published: 2013-11-27 14:43:36
Last modified: 2013-11-27 14:44:21

Agripreneur series to begin Jan. 16

by Staff Reports

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture announces the 2014 Agripreneur (agriculture entrepreneurship) series beginning Thursdays in January from 6-8 p.m. Attendees will receive business and marketing instruction specific to farm operations in this four-part series. Admission is free.

The Agriculture-Entrepreneurship Series provides education to entrepreneurs who want to begin a farming business and to farmers wanting to transform their farm into a thriving business. The four-part series includes real-world scenarios and hands-on activities.

Each session features an education session facilitated by Arlene Childers, a Certified NC REAL trainer, along with an agricultural expert guest speaker from the local farming community. Registering for all four workshops is highly recommended.

Topics and guest speakers for the series are:

Jan. 16 - Agriculture Entrepreneurship & Business Planning; Guest speaker: Carol Coulter, Heritage Homestead

Jan. 23 - Market Research and the Marketing Plan; Guest speaker: Hollis Wild, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Jan. 30 - Business Operations; Guest speaker: Holly Whitesides, Against the Grain Farm

 Feb. 6 - Business Financials; Guest speaker: Barbara Smith, Farm Service Agency, loan officer

The Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Small Business Center, Watauga County Cooperative Extension, the High Country Workforce Development Board and Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture co-sponsor the series. Seating is limited, and only two registrations are permitted per family.

Register for workshops individually at Descriptions and speaker bios can be found at For more information, contact Evelyn Asher at ( or (828) 297-8121.