BUSINESS SERVICES

 

Publications and Web Resources

AgPlan Business Plan Writing - University of Minnesota

https://agplan.umn.edu/


Building A Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses - SARE

http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms/Business%20Guide.pdf


Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities - SARE

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Building-Sustainable-Farms-Ranches-and-Communities


Evaluating a Farming Enterprise - ATTRA

http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms/evaluating.pdfHolistic Management: A Whole-


Farm Decision Making Framework - NC State Cooperative Extension

http://chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms/holistic.pdf


South Carolina Direct Farm Business Guide - USDA

http://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads//assets/articles/SCdirectfarm.pdf


Canva

https://www.canva.com/


Enterprise Budgets - Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/enterprise-budgets/

http://www.clemson.edu/extension/agribusiness/enterprise-budget/index.html


 

Organizations:

ACRE (Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship)

https://acre-sc.com/

ACRE is made up of six areas of emphasis:  research initiatives; entrepreneurship center; agribusiness development grants; SC Farm Link; policy; and local food and logistics.


AgSouth Farm Credit

www.agsouthfc.com

1884 Joe S Jeffords Hwy, Orangeburg, SC 29115

803-534-6546, 864-585-6234 ext 6725

Contact: contactus@agsouthfc.com

Specialties: Financing, loans, leases, services and insurance for agriculture, real estate, operating needs, crop production, livestock, timber, equipment, harvesting, and more.


Carolina Farm Stewards Food Systems Consulting Services

www.carolinafarmstewards.org

Mailing Address: PO Box 448, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Physical Address: 287 East St. Suite 421, Pittsboro, NC 27312

919-542-2402 (fax) 919-542-7401

Specialties: Feasibility assessment, market channel development, business planning assistance, investment/lending matching, food safety plan support, product sourcing assistance, legal structure guidance.


Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development http://www.clemson.edu/public/ciecd/

130 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson SC 29634

843-788-5700

Specialties: Agribusiness development, agritourism, market expansion.


Earthwise Company

www.earthwiselife.com

PO Box 2093, Wake Forest, NC 27588

Specialties: Food systems planning, feasibility and market analysis, farm business planning, organic farm design and establishment, organic certification training and consultation, farmer recruitment and training, land and natural resource evaluation.


Lowcountry Local First

www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org

1630-2 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29405

(843) 801-3390

Specialties: Local community building, land access


Matson Consulting

www.matsonconsult.com or https://www.facebook.com/MatsonConsulting

PO Box 661, Aiken, SC 29802

803-233-7134 (fax) 803-233-7938

Specialties: Grant support, local foods, feasibility studies, business planning, industry research, strategic planning, rural business development, etc.


Quality Business Experts

www.playattheplate.com

843-922-1100

Contact: info@qbe.us.com

Specialties: QBE provides experts and consultants to meet litigation and business needs


Rita’s Roots

www.ritasroots.com

Charleston, SC

843-608-8415

Specialties: Direct sales, marketing, farmers markets, garden/small farm planning and installation


SCORE - Coastal Chapter

www.score285.org or www.coastal.score.org

Lonnie Hamilton III Building 4045 Bridge View Drive C216, North Charleston, SC 29405

843-727-4778

Contact: info@SCORE285.org (Multiple listings statewide)

Specialties: All services provided free of cost, including business planning, marketing, advertising, financing, public relations, and specialized business topics; low-cost workshops.


Small Business Development Center - SC State Region

https://www.scsbdc.com/ or www.localsmallbusiness.org

SCSU Region Small Business Development Center

300 College Street

Belcher Hall Suite 353

Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117

803.533.3964

Contact: charlestonsbdc@mailbox.sc.edu (Multiple Offices)

Specialties: One-on-one consultation to prospective and existing business owners, assisting them to analyze business opportunities, develop business plans, and create loan packages. Services are offered at no charge and are available by appointment only. All SBDCs across the state can provide business support listed above but SCSU also can provide specialized agri-business consulting as well.