Growing opportunities in the Sandhills food system


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HAMLET — Would you like to start a business but not sure what? The Small Business Center of Richmond Community College is offering a free workshop that will give you a good sense of the many kinds of business opportunities the food system offers.

“Want to Become a Food Entrepreneur?” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at the Scotland Chamber of Commerce located in Laurinburg.

Presenters for the seminar are Kathy Byron of Good Foods Sandhills and Fenton Wilkinson of Integrity Systems. Byron and Wilkinson have many years experience in the Sandhills food system. Good Foods Sandhills is responsible for all school gardens in Moore County and the Sustainable Food and Farming System program at Sandhills Community College. Wilkinson initiated and managed Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative.

“Our goal for this class is for people to understand what the food system is and why it is important, but more to understand the incredible variety of business opportunities it offers. It is not about telling you what you should do but expanding your sense of the vast array of what’s possible beyond just growing and cooking,” Wilkinson said.

This is the first class in the Food Entrepreneurship Certificate Series offered through the Small Business Center at RichmondCC. Funding for this program is from the N.C. Rural Center as part of its Rural Local Food System Business Assistance Initiative.

“Kathy and I are available outside of class as food system mentors to help you clarify and refine your food system business idea and help you define a plan of action,” Wilkinson said.

Small Business Center Director Deborah Hardison is also available to help people prepare a business plan and provide other small business resources.

This seminar is free and open to the public. To register, go online to tiny.cc/sbcseminars; email ddhardison@richmondcc.edu or call 910-410-1687.

Pre-registration is preferred but, walk-ins are welcome.

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