From our eXtension community, Entrepreneurs and Their Communities, welcome to Small Business Week+. Extension supports small businesses and their development as a part of our land grant mission. For the next few days, we are going to highlight small businesses that have been a part of this partnership.
Guest Blogger: Steve Hadcock is a Senior Resource Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension.Last year, Steve started to work with Susan Hayward – a local livestock producer. Susan is a beginning farmer raising beef, pigs and chickens in the Hudson Valley area of New York State.
She came to Steve for assistance on preparing a business plan for her growing business. A key part of her business plan was to secure a place in one of the farmer’s markets in New York City (NYC). Steve worked with her to develop enterprise budgets for each of the types of livestock she raised. He also helped her to carefully consider what her marketing costs were to sell meat and eggs in the market.
Since Steve had worked with her closely, he was able to write a letter of support for her to sell her products in a NYC farmer’s market. Susan credits Steve and other Extension Educators for their assistance in helping to realize one of her business goals.
Stay tuned – Steve promised more information on how Susan is doing at a later date.
Photo Credit – Sarah Braun, Flickr via Creative Commons license