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Publications and Web Resources

AgPlan Business Plan Writing - University of Minnesota


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


Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities - SARE


Evaluating a Farming Enterprise - ATTRA Management: A Whole-


Farm Decision Making Framework - NC State Cooperative Extension



Enterprise Budgets - Carolina Farm Stewardship Association



ACRE (Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship)

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

1884 Joe S Jeffords Hwy, Orangeburg, SC 29115

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


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

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.

Lowcountry Local First

1630-2 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29405

(843) 801-3390

Specialties: Local community building, land access


Matson Consulting or

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



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


Rita’s Roots

Charleston, SC


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


SCORE - Coastal Chapter or

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


Contact: (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

SCSU Region Small Business Development Center

300 College Street

Belcher Hall Suite 353

Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117


Contact: (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.

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