The first chapter of this guide is dedicated to ag business planning. Even if you have already begun work on a business plan for your venture, it may be beneficial to browse through this section in case it brings up issues that you had not yet attended to.
Ag Alternatives: Starting or Diversifying an Agricultural Business
A brief primer on the initial planning that goes into starting a new agricultural enterprise.
AgPlan: The Agriculture, Fisheries and Small Business Planning Website
An online resource for ag business planning created by the University of Minnesota (registration required).
The Entrepreneur's Guide: Starting and Growing a Business in Pennsylvania
A comprehensive 119-page guide prepared by the PA Center for Entrepreneurial Assistance.
Family Farm Business and Financial Planning Flow Chart
A visual aid outlining the life cycle of an agricultural business, with various angles to consider.
PA SBDC: Agribusiness Assistance
The Pennsylvania SBDC offers informational seminars and consultations to prospective and current agribusiness operators.
PA SBDC: Starting a Business Checklist
A step-by-step list of necessary tasks for opening a business in Pennsylvania.
Ten Steps to Open for Business
An overview of ten crucial steps in the business planning process.