Event Details


March 26 - April 16, 2019




Montgomery County Annex Building
20 Park St, Rm 111
Fonda, NY 12068


(additional attendee $100.00 ea.)


Montgomery County Business Development Center (MCBDC)
Montgomery County Agriculture Microenterprise Prog


Microenterprise Training Classes

March 26 - April 16, 2019

Applicants must be a new or existing commercial agriculture enterprise with five or fewer employees, one or more of which may be the principals and own the enterprise at time of application. Applications are now available through the MCSWCD office or on their website; https://www.montgomerycountyny-swcd.com/grants.html or by calling Julicia at (518)853-7013. Applications can also be found on the MCBDC website, http://www.mcbdc.org/ or by calling the organization at (518) 853-8202.

An information class will be held on March 5th at 7pm. at the Fonda Annex Building Room 111 to discuss the grant opportunity. The address of the building is 20 Park Street, Fonda, NY 12068. Please come with any questions you have about this grant opportunity. 

As part of the grant program, CCE-CNYDLFC has developed a curriculum for a series of Microenterprise Training Classes that are an integral part of this Montgomery County Agricultural Microenterprise Grant program. In order to apply for the grants, agricultural businesses must attend a series of four Classes facilitated by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. The classes are also open to anyone who wants to attend. The cost for the four-class module is $100 with individual sessions at $25 each. Any business can attend the training course at the same cost. 

Entrepreneurial classes will be held on March 26th, April 2nd, April 9th, and April 16th beginning at 7:00PM at 20 Park Street, Room 111 (County Annex Building). The classes are mandatory for all applicants, classes are as follow:

Developing the Business Plan - March 26, 2019
The attendees will work on a step-by-step model taught by business leaders and professionals to create an effective Business Plan. The session will teach participants how to write effectively about their business, what information the plan should include, and how the plan presents their business to potential lenders and investors. This session will include business plans of successful business and business plan models used by some of your state and federal agencies. This class is mandatory for all applicants, even if you attended MCAMP Round 1 training. 

Marketing and Advertising - April 2, 2019
This session is structured to assist businesses in determining what type of marketing and advertising is best to provide a positive business impact. It will include marketing and advertising strategies and how to evaluate their effectiveness. This session will touch on many types of marketing and advertising, including social networks.

Recordkeeping, Accounting, Taxes and Financing - April 9, 2019
This class will provide the participant with an overview of necessary business recordkeeping. Additionally, this session teaches how to report business activity for taxes, financing, or to evaluate certain business benchmarks. Regarding taxes, the session will cover estimated state and federal tax payments, payroll tax, and the importance of keeping good records in order to determine tax payments, report business tax events, and the professional tax resources that are available to startup and existing businesses. Types of financing will be covered including how to determine what type of financing is best for a specific company and the impact financing has on the overall business structure, profitability and business sustainability.

Business Basics - April 16, 2019
This class will provide the start-up business owner and/or existing business owner with business basics. The key areas covered in this session will be legal issues and employee issues that a business owner needs to know to be successful. This session will include: How to determine what type of business structure is good for my business; employee issues, including hiring do's and don'ts, state and federal regulations regarding hiring and employee training needs and costs.

For more information about the grant program, application, or to registration for information meeting, visit this link on the MCSWCD website: https://www.montgomerycountyny-swcd.com/grants.html or by calling Julicia at (518) 853-7013. To register for the classes, or for more information about them, contact Nicole Tommell at CCE-CNYDLFC at (315)867-6001, email nt375@cornell.edu

To register for the complete series, click the registration link above.  

If you would like to sign up for just one class, please call Nicole Tommell at (315)867-6001 to arrange to pay $25 at door.

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