Published on 05/18/11

UGA offers agribusiness conference June 14

By April Reese Sorrow

Want to start a new agribusiness? Need help perfecting your agritourism operation? Come to the 2011 Agribusiness Workshop June 14 to learn the tricks of the trade.

The workshop will be at the University of Georgia Athens campus Chicopee Building. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions start at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

The conference’s focus this year is to help agribusinesses tap into the procurement pipeline. Participants will leave with game plans, ideas, business leads, contracts and resources to increase profitability.

The workshop provides networking opportunities among successful business owners, private-sector entities and financial institutions, and will include presentations from chefs, restaurateurs and farmers with successful agritourism businesses. UGA experts, as well as representatives from other state and local institutions, will talk about marketing, business plans, financial forecasting, trends, business models, loans, grants and more.

Registration is $65 per person and includes a buffet lunch, breaks, informational materials, parking and contact lists of all participants and exhibitors. Register online at or call Julia Menefield at 706-208-0048.

The event is hosted and sponsored by the East Athens Development Corporation, the UGA Small Business Development Center – Office of Minority Development, the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Product Development Office and the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network.

April R. Sorrow is a science writer with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.

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