Workshop: Navigating business loans and funding

Date(s) - Thursday, Nov 15, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension Training Center


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County is holding a series of free business workshops to provide support for farmers with value-added products as well as aspiring food entrepreneurs.

All workshops will be held at the 4-H Training Center at 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport.

While the workshops are free, registration is required. Participants can sign up for one class or the entire series.

The workshop details are listed below.

The workshops are being offered through the WNY Food Incubator, a developing Cooperative Extension program that will provide a shared-use commercial kitchen and business support services to both new and established specialty food businesses. The WNY Food Incubator’s commercial kitchen, located on the Cooperative Extension campus at 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, is currently undergoing renovations and is expected to be finished in December. The fully-equipped commercial kitchen will give members access to state-of-the-art equipment such as a food dehydrator, a commercial tabletop stand mixer, vacuum packaging equipment, a six-burner gas stove, jar label applicator and a double stack convection oven.

Starting a Food Business

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8

This workshop will help you get your recipe market-ready. Guest speakers from the Cornell Food Venture Center and WNY Food Incubator staff will review the labeling and permits necessary to sell your food product.

Register here. 


Navigating Business Loans and Funding

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15

This workshop will feature a guest speaker from the JDA Agriculture loan fund. A staff member from NCCC Small Business Development Center will then guide you through the loan and funding process.

Register here. 


Business Planning

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29

This workshop will cover start-up basics. We will discuss the step-by-step process of starting a business, advantages of different forms of business, and the importance of a business plan.

Register here.


Financials & Pricing

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6

This workshop will help participants understand your costs and price your products accordingly. We will discuss the fundamentals of financial record keeping, introduction to cash flow planning, and managing money and setting prices for a successful business.

Register here.



5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13

This workshop will show you how to market your product to generate sales. This session is an introduction to marketing, including finding your ideal customers, marketing channels, sales and promotion strategies for food products, and social media basics.

Register here.