In agriculture, most new ideas begin as a single seed of inspiration. NextFarm® is an agricultural focused entity owned by the Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) which sponsors a business development program to help rural entrepreneurs grow their ideas into sustainable businesses: AgStarters.

NTEC would like to organize a series of business development programs to help rural entrepreneurs grow their ideas into sustainable businesses. Please take a moment to share your thoughts, ideas and subjects you would like to learn.

More about AgStarters

This business building program is designed to help connect new agriculture-related business opportunities with industry leaders and provide networking opportunities to help turn your business ideas into action plans.

AgStarters covers a wide range of topics, key to doing business in agriculture. Concepts discussed during the course include: working styles, team building, problems and solutions, customer relations, marketing, accounting, regulations and legal considerations, funding, and much more.

The AgStarters curriculum is designed for small to medium sized agriculture related ventures. At NextFarm™, we want to assist farmers and ranchers in looking for alternative ways to increase their revenues and profits, while utilizing resources they may already have available in their existing operations.

The program lasts six sessions, convening for two hours per session, one evening a week, for 6 weeks. Participants will meet leading agri-business entrepreneurs who are well connected in the agriculture community. Guest speakers include successful entrepreneurs who share the challenges they faced while starting and growing their businesses; as well as,business professionals from leading accounting and law firms, who offer their support to program participants.

By the end of the six weeks, participants have the tools, framework, and connections needed to make their vision become a reality–and the best part is the fact that these new entrepreneurs won't be in it alone. They will have a team of successful entreprenuers, proven professionals, fellow AgStarters and the leaders of NextFarm™, available to help them in the future.