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Guiding the Business Planning Process

So, how do I help someone draft a business plan for their farm?

As a "coach" or "assistant," you need to be familiar with both the basics of business planning and have resources available to help you provide examples and guidance. 

  

If you are working one-on-one with a client, check out the Coaching Guide.  (MS Word or PDF)

This document contains a series of open-ended questions that will help to guide an advising session for an individual farm/farm family seeking your advice.  The Coaching Guide has been developed to accompany a workbook entitled Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing Business Plans for Farms and Rural Businesses

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If you are teaching a group of farmers about business planning, check out the Example Scenario (MS Word or PDF) and the Example Scenario-Facilitator Version (MS Word or PDF).

These documents are intended to provide a scenario common throughout the western NC farming community.  The group leader uses the Facilitator Version, which includes the scenario as well as a series of open-ended questions that are designed to accompany a workbook entitled Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing Business Plans for Farms and Rural Businesses.  Participants receive the scenario and are asked to consider the scenario as their own and up-fit a business plan to the story.

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