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  1. Franklin Entrepreneurial Series: Choose - Strategic Business Management

    February 21, 2018, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ La Plata Campus College of Southern Maryland

    Designed for the business owner that is ready to grow. With business expansion comes increased revenue, wider brand recognition, and increased relevance in the industry. Most businesses, however, start small and stay there. If that's not good enough for you—or if you recognize that staying small doesn't necessarily guarantee your business's survival the Franklin Entrepreneurial Series is for you. Turning a small business into a big one is never easy. By documenting your growth strategy, you can minimize these risks. Some common growth strategies in business include market expansion, product expansion, diversification and talent acquisition. We will explore each of these with you and help you develop the skills and mindset needed to grow your company with a strategy that is constant at its core, and flexible in its adaptation to changing markets and competitive responses. Come GROW with us.

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  2. A Night at the Museum: An Evening for Young Professionals

    February 21, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Calvert Marine Museum

    Experience Calvert Marine Museum as you and other SoMd young professionals bring it to life after hours! Join us Wednesday, February 21, for an evening of meeting and greeting, exploration and dicovery hosted by Calvert Marine Museum, The Patuxent Partnership, NextGen Professionals, Young Professionals Network of Charles County, and Calvert Chamber Young Professionals Network. You'll enjoy food and drink, a scavenger hunt, fantastic door prizes, and a special presentation from Calvert Library on reading to children in preparation for Read Across America. *While Young Professionals are generally considered anyone between ages 21 ~ 40, we welcome attendees at this event who may be outside the range, but are committed to the growth and success of young professionals in the area! Come as you are! There is no cost to attend, but please register in advance.

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  3. Dig It! An Introduction to Farming in Southern Maryland

    February 26, 2018, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM @ SMECO Auditorium

    Are you completely new to farming, thinking about getting your hands in the soil, or wondering what kind of animals to raise? The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission is hosting a free evening workshop for those who are interested in becoming a farmer and setting up a new farming enterprise in Southern Maryland. This workshop is designed to give participants an inventory of the tools and must-have resources to begin their farming journey from the ground up, knowing what you can do, how to get started, and who to ask for help. Hear from beginning farmers who have recently started their farm operations and get to know your agricultural agencies one on one. Representatives and literature from various agricultural support and funding agencies will be available at the workshop. Confirmed representatives include University of Maryland Extension and Soil Conservation District, more to follow.

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  4. WHEELS UP-A MATURING FARMING BUSINESS MANAGEMENT ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

    February 27, 2018, All Day @ University of Maryland Extension - Baltimore City Office

    Have you been farming for more than 3 Years? Are you ready to move from your start-up “Survive” business model to a better “Thriving Business” model? Do you have an established farming operation but need to improve your management and profitability in a specific management area? A new training program, “Wheels Up”, offered in partnership between the University of Maryland Extension and Future Harvest-CASA, may be the business up-grade training you need to help your business “take off.” The "Wheels Up" program is for farmers with 3 or more years of business experience. As their businesses have grown and matured, critical issues have surfaced that were never anticipated in the original start-up plans. They now know what their businesses strengths and weaknesses are, but not how to correct or improve their situation. Very often the timing of these growth decisions comes simultaneously with increasing demands of family, community, and/or off-farm employment.

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