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Growing for Profit

This Fast Track series focuses on the business of farming and will feature a wide variety of topics. The goal of this series is to provide agricultural producers of all sizes, industries and stages of growth the tools to succeed at the business of farming. Whether a prospective small farmer or an established family farm evaluating growth this series has something to offer. Topics include developing a business plan for your operation, legal and tax structures suited for farming, tax basics, regulations, and financing the agricultural enterprise.

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Survey Results

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The Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida is developing an Agribusiness Center to help small farmers grow their bottom lines.

Farmers across the State of Florida were surveyed in order to ensure that services offered by the Agribusiness Center are what farmers want and need.

Who do you rely on to help make business decisions?

Experienced Certified Business Analysts provide free, confidential advice at locations throughout northeast Florida. Video and online counseling are also available.

12 out of the 18 counties served by the SBDC at UNF are rural.

86% of Farmers surveyed felt they could benefit from information and training to further develop business skills.

Business Planning

The SBDC has resources to get your business plan on paper include outlines, templates or Pitch Then Plan: (Interactive Business Planning Tool). Each method includes feedback from a Certified Business Analyst.

Access to Capital

From banks specializing in agricultural loans to the SBA Patriot Express Loan pro-gram for Veterans, the SBDC has a vast network of local banks and financial institutions. We can help you find the right financing for your business.

Succession Planning

Determining what is next for your business is important to the longevity of any endeav-or. The SBDC can assist you in developing a plan to ensure your business is ready for the next generation.


The SBDC has access to market and industry re-search, and information to help you find and reach new markets.

Financial Management

Use your financial data to develop powerful strategies and improved profitability. Focus on financial forecasting and budgeting, succes-sion planning business growth, and much more through tools such as Financial Analysis with OPTIMIST® or Profit Mastery.