Planning and Growing Your Business


Ag-Food Entrepreneur & Ag-Food Supervisor

Intended for those seeking to start a food processing business or employment in a supervisory role within the Agricultural/Food sector. This series was designed to allow you to upgrade your skills, position and plan for a new career or plan the launch of a new Ag-Food Business. With support from your online instructor and industry professionals, you can complete this FREE online training from your home–that will lead to a career or a business that’s vital and in-demand!

Ag-Food Entrepreneur

Whether securing food locally, looking for healthy alternatives, ingenuity or unique design; the consumer is driving the demand for home-grown innovation. That being said, why do many food start-ups fall? How can you overcome the challenges and mistakes in the initial start-up phase? This program is designed to give you insight, both personal and professional, and to introduce you to concepts, plans and systems, necessary to grow your idea!

Ag-Food Supervisor

Looking to advance into a supervisory role within the Ag-Food Industry? Looking to supervise and coordinate the activities of a team? learn to keep employees on-task and ensuring the safety and quality of your product is properly grown/sourced, harvested, processed, packaged and/or distributed.

For more information, or to apply visit: Small Scale Food Processor Association or email [/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]


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The Food Business Planning Workshop

Ideal for micro, small, and medium-sized food processors looking to improve and/or expand their operations, and farmers looking to create value-added products. This 2-day, 9 module workshop series covers:

  • Business Planning: Crafting a plan that works from start to finish.
  • Marketing: Identify, research, and target a niche to maximize sales.
  • Product Development: Scaling up recipes for commercial production and develop new products to meet customer needs.
  • Financial Planning: Understanding financial statements and make confident decisions.
  • Quality Management: Streamlining operations to make a safe and consistent product.
  • Packaging: Balancing attractive design with food protection and regulatory standards.
  • Production & Costing: Gauging the cost of production, operations, and co-packing.
  • Logistics: Basics of procurement, receiving, storage, shipping, and timing.
  • Resources & Networking: Resources and networking opportunities in your region.

In early 2020, workshops were held in the following locations:

  • Courtenay
  • Burnaby
  • Invermere
  • Kamlopps
  • Quesnel
  • Terrace