Resources: Professional Referrals
Forming or expanding a farm, rural business, or cooperative requires several types of professional assistance before the business goes into operation. The Laulima Center offers general business development and draws on partner organizations and consultants for specific areas of technical project feasibility, business planning, legal advice, and other needs. Here are some helpful organizations with specific expertise to help clients form their businesses:
Agribusiness Incubator Program Provides agricultural business development including business plans and feasibility.
Agriculture Extension Production, processing, and marketing expertise available from extension agents. Technical feasibility can be researched by professors.
Small Business Development Council No cost assistance is available to look at the financial feasibility of your cooperative’s business and develop a business plan.
Rural Conservation Districts Assistance with natural resource conservation and economic development projects.
Economic Development Boards
Kuha‘o Business Center Moloka‘i A helpful center to create and maintain your business in a useful and effective manner.
How to Work with Consultants for Co-ops A fact sheet on working with consultants produced by the Ontario Co-operative Association.