West Central Indiana SBDC offering training for agricultural entrepreneurs

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
January 6, 2006

The West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be offering the NxLeveL for Agricultural Entrepreneurs curriculum beginning Jan. 18 in Sullivan.

The NxLeveL course for agricultural entrepreneurs is aimed at those individuals who have started or are thinking about starting an agricultural based venture that is not tied to large-scale, commodity-style production. The materials are specifically designed for the individual who is exploring innovative ideas and enhanced marketing opportunities in the area of agriculture. Graduates of the program leave with a business plan as well as comprehensive three-year financial projections.

NxLeveL is the world's largest entrepreneurial training network. Since 1996, more than 80,000 students have participated in NxLeveL training. With regards to start-ups, 40 percent of participants have started a business within one year after completing the course and, when surveyed after three years, more than 93 percent of the businesses were still in operation.

This course is delivered over a 12-week period. The adult curriculum includes 12 three-hour classes, textbook and worksheets for $275 per person. Subsidized funding may be available for qualified Ag Ventures and Veterans. Seating for the program is limited, so those interested are encouraged to enroll by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.

The West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center recently celebrated 20 years of building relationships, networks and partnerships that add value to Indiana's small businesses. Housed in Indiana State University's College of Business, the center is one in a network of 11 charged with developing and growing successful businesses by providing one-on-one counseling, access to information, training workshops and seminars.

Contacts: Tara Lane, director, West Central Indiana SBDC, Indiana State University College of Business, at tlane@isbdc.org, or 1-800-227-7232, or Bryan Bourdeau, business advisor, West Central Indiana SBDC, at bbourdeau@isbdc.org, 1-800-227-7232.

Writer: Maria Greninger, associate director, Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, (812) 237-4357 or m-greninger@indstate.edu