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Updated: July 29, 2021

Writing A Marketing Plan

Imagine visiting New York City for the first time and trying to find your way around without a map. You might find some of the places you want to visit, but not without a lot of detours and lost time. The time you could have spent visiting sites and enjoying the city. This is exactly what you're doing with your business if you don't have a marketing plan.
Updated: July 27, 2021

Regulations and Insurance Requirements

Regulations and Insurance Requirements is part of the Maryland Retail Products Producer Program. This section will provide information about food processing regulations, food safety, and regulatory requirements, pest control, food venture insurance coverage.
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Updated: June 7, 2021

Making the Most of Your Time—Be Effective

In the opening session of a recent Annie’s Project Class I coordinated, we addressed the topic “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Farm Women.” It was a take-off modeled on Steven Covey’s (1992) book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” In his book, Covey highlights the seven habits of great managers. I think this is a valuable read for any business person. Another great resource for Ag business entrepreneurs is “The E-Myth” a book by Michael Gerber. His book talks about how most of us believe we can succeed as entrepreneurs, when in reality most small businesses fail.
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Updated: June 4, 2021

Launching, Refining, or Growing Your Farm Business- MREDC has Answers

The Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center, is a virtual rural business development center of the University of Maryland Extension presenting the latest and most successful business development innovations and support for Maryland's agriculture and food systems enterprises. The mission of the University of Maryland Extension’s Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center (MREDC) is to improve rural prosperity in Maryland.
Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center (MREDC)
Updated: June 4, 2021

Jump Start Your Fall Marketing Season Now

Summertime and the season is busy. Planting, harvesting, marketing, coordinating employees, and dealing with customers leave little time in the day to prepare for the busy fall agritourism and direct marketing season. But, now is just the right time to plan ahead for the Fall “crunch” time.
Jump Start Your Fall Marketing Season Now
Updated: June 4, 2021

Get Ready for the Holiday Sales Season Now

While the holiday season may seem a ways off, the line between when customers shop and when they take offense to holiday décor in stores is becoming a blurry one. The National Retail Federation reports that every year, about 40 percent of customers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween.
Holiday Sales Season
Updated: May 28, 2021

Annie's Project Impact Report

Annie’s Project is a nationally recognized and accomplished farm management program for women. It provides education, tools and resources for women in agriculture to gain more knowledge of farm business operations. Annie’s project empowers participants with the knowledge to make educated decisions for their family and future.
Updated: March 24, 2021

Technology Tools

Let's take a closer look at technology for growing your business. Businesses everywhere are beginning to incorporate smartphone, iPad, social media and digital technology into their business and marketing plans. Agriculture and rural businesses are no different.
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Updated: March 24, 2021

Cultivating Entrepreneurship

Have you ever had a fleeting thought of starting a business or new enterprise but raked it from your mind thinking it would never work? Did you think your family and friends wouldn’t support you or were you lost because you had no idea where to start? If so, your thoughts were no different than those of other people who decided to go with the idea of becoming a business owner, revamping an existing business, or adding on a new enterprise. This module provides information on Coaching Assistance and resources on Growing Your Business
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Updated: February 19, 2021

Processing for Profits

Processing For Profits-An Assessment tool and guide for small-scale on-farm food processors This publication addresses product development, manufacturing, understanding the food safety system, labeling, acidified food, FAQs about Maryland’s food regulations, specific Maryland processed farm products, business planning, and marketing for specialty food producers and processors. Any producer interested in the potential and pitfalls of on-farm and value-added food processing will find this new resource helpful in their planning and implementation process.