PENCIL TO PLOW 2012 GRADUATION
On November 12, 2012, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation conducted the initial Pencil to Plow Graduation Ceremony for eleven aspiring farmers who completed the 8 week Agricultural Entrepreneurship training
Each graduate of this training program completed a business plan and are now prepared to take the next step in their dream to own and operate a small business. The course was designed for aspiring small farmers and those producers interested in diversifying their operation Topics that were covered during the course included discussions on Agricultural Market Research;, the 4 P’s (Product, Price, Placement, and Promotion); Bookkeeping and Record Keeping; Government Regulations, Contracts, and Leases; Income Statements, Balance Sheets, and ash Flow Cycle; and Developing Customer Profiles. Each session was supplemented by presentations from subject matter experts such as a CPA, business bankers, commercial insurance agent, marketing experts, and University of Maryland Extension staff.
Each graduate gave a summary of their business plan and were awarded a certificate of completion
This program would not be possible without the support of our donors and we would like to thank the following organizations and business that provided financial support and other contributions to the project: Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, FarmCredit, PNC Bank, and Landmark Insurance.
We would also like to express our sincere thanks to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Small Farms Program who hosted the graduation ceremony.