Developing Your Business Plan

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The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for Farmers delivered technical assistance to producers of agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been adversely affected by import competition. The TAA program delivered training to nearly 10,000 producers of Catfish, Asparagus, Maine Wild Blueberries, as well as Shrimp and Lobster fishermen.


You can view any of the free online training courses developed for the TAA program. TAA participants also completed business adjustment plans using AgPlan (, the online business plan writing app; or AgTransitions (, an online transition planning app. Since the end of TAA the AgPlan development team has developed a fishing specific software call FishBizPlan (

Unfortunately, this program has ended because federal funding for the program was cut. If you have questions related to TAA for Farmers, please contact the Center for Farm Financial Management at

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A business plan is the backbone to a well developed business. It helps you and your organization to know what your business is, where it’s going and how you will get there. In “Developing Your Business Plan” you’ll learn what a business plan is and why its important, as well as how to develop your business plan. You will also get a chance to complete your Initial Business Plan at the end of the training.

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  •   Introduction
      Who needs a business plan?
      Lessons learned
      Business plan interview - Cedar Summit Farm video intro
      Building a Sustainable Business - Cedar Summit Farm
      AgPlan overview
      AgPlan overview continued
      AgPlan workbook
      Personal business plan
      Business plan sections
      Business description
      Management & Organization
      Executive summary
      Writing your business plan
      Approval criteria
      Business planning consultants
      Who are these business planning consultants?
      First meeting with your business planning consultant
      The process
      Finishing Phase 3 - The initial business plan