Business Planning Course for Food and Farm Entrepreneurs

Through the South Carolina New and Beginning Farmers Program (SCNBFP), Clemson University's Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD), Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA), LowCountry Local First (LLF), and BizBuilderSC are offering a NxLevel business planning course for food entrepreneurs.  The ten-week program offers beginning entrepreneurs the tools and resources to create and implement a plan for growth. NxLevel for Food Entrepreneurs will target entrepreneurs interested in cultivating a stronger local food system, such as urban/rural farmers, food artisans, chefs, value-added business owners, those involved in food media, agritourism, processors, local market owners, etc.

The program is designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow successful businesses.  NxLevel is a product offered through BizBuilderSC.  Experienced entrepreneurs facilitate the programs and guest speakers, specializing in session topics, supplement their knowledge.  Additional guest speakers will cover issues related to food production, marketing and food safety.

The course is comprised of 10 sessions that will ultimately help build your business: 1) Introduction, Planning and Research; 2) Management and Legal Structure; 3) Marketing: Analysis and Understanding; 4) Food Regulations; 5) Marketing Strategies and How to Sell; 6) Financial Overview: Books and Records; 7) Managing Your Money: Planning and Budgets; 8) Hands-On Work Week and Mentoring; 9) Financing Your Business; 10) Harvest Your Future.

The NxLevel class will be held at the following locations beginning in late-July or early-August, based upon interest:

Horry County Extension Office: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Questions? Contact: Devin Swindall ( - 864-656-0134) or Stanley Green ( - 803-699-3189)

This course is being offered at a reduced rate of $100.  Register now to reserve your seat and take advantage of the special rate.

This project was supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2010-03113.  To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit, a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.