In addition to the valuable networking and consulting that takes place throughout the day, take advantage of structured networking meetings, discussions, and resources offered during the conference lunch period.
Meet with restaurant owners, chefs, distributors, and grocers to discuss your products and the possibility of a match. Meetings are typically 15–20 minutes long, allowing for a brief time to make introductions, exchange business information, and possibly make a match between what you produce and what each buyer needs. There are no promises made and no contracts signed on site; it’s just a chance for you to open a door and follow up later. For those getting started, this is a great opportunity to learn about individual buyer requirements.
“Ask a Lawyer” with Ward and Smith P.A.
Ward and Smith, P.A. attorneys will be on hand to answer questions on a variety of agribusiness topics in an informal setting. Click on the links below to learn more about each attorney’s expertise and practice concentrations.
Social Media Consulting
Whether you are just getting started with social media or looking to improve your current online marketing strategy, take advantage of individual support from regional communications professionals to answer your basic and advanced social media questions.
Jodi Rhoden of Mountain BizWorks, Daniel Walton of Asheville Made
Tackle Your Taxes
Meet with a registered tax preparer to discuss how to document your income, losses, labor, equipment, and more in your 2017 tax return. Bring your advanced tax forms and questions to get help navigating your agribusiness taxes.
Wallace Southern of Franklin Tax Services
Farmers Market Manager Round Table
This workshop connects market leadership and managers to discuss issues, challenges, and opportunities for the 2018 market season. The roundtable will begin with an initial consideration of three topics: budget planning, new vendor orientation, and improving SNAP sales. Participants will be invited to share additional topics of interest for the group to discuss. The workshop concludes with a focus on networking opportunities for area markets in the coming year.
Led By Mike McCreary of ASAP and Asheville City Market
Find valuable agricultural, business, insurance, and legal resources and services to support your farm business through networking and consulting.