2021 Live Local Technical Virtual Series

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Live Local Conference will not be held in its traditional format. IFB transitioned to a workshop series focused on farmers, agritourism business, farmers market managers, nonprofits and value-added producers. This series will provide business development opportunities with monthly workshops March-May and September-December.

Whether you’re a farmer, market manager, retailer, distributor, or simply someone who loves to eat, you are part of the food system. Illinois Farm Bureau knows you help strengthen the local food system in our communities. These virtual training opportunities allow you the chance to gain new skills, expand your business, and connect with others facing similar challenges. Register for a single workshop or the entire series. Several workshop recordings will
be offered online after the events in a password protected video library.


Attend one of these invaluable two-day professional grant development workshops

This is a three-part workshops series; however, each session will stand alone. All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.

Cost:

  • Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Members: $5
  • Non-IFB Member: $25

 

Writing a Winning Application Workshop
May 11-12, 2021 | Virtual (3.5 Hours Daily) | See the Agenda
Introduction to write your grant business plan. Learn how to effectively write a compelling summary page, address proposal goals, and objectives. Consider how your project will be evaluated and how the results relate to the donor. Understand the importance of proposal elements, timelines, budgets, and personnel.
 
Hurry, class is limited to 25 participants and registration closes soon.

This session will include digital training materials and will be recorded. All registered attendees will receive digital training materials and class recordings.

Completing Your Proposal Workshop
May 25-26, 2021 | Virtual (3.5 Hours Daily) | See the Agenda

Put knowledge to action and write your grant proposal. This workshop is designed for advanced grant writers who want to begin or finalize their proposals. It is recommended to have completed the previous two workshops or have experience writing grants. Complete modules toward the development of your full proposal. You will be writing a grant proposal during this workshop.

 

Hurry, class is limited to 25 participants and registration closes soon.

This session will include digital training materials and will be recorded. All registered attendees will receive digital training materials and class recordings.


Attend one of two farmers market sessions

Farmers Market Vendor - 101
April 19, 2021 | 6 - 8 p.m. Virtual | Registration is FREE
Join Illinois Farmers Market Association and learn from experienced farmers market managers and vendors as they discuss the nuts and bolts of successful selling at farmers markets. All types of farmers market vendors are welcome; farmers, food makers, and artisans. This workshop is a LIVE session on Zoom. The class is limited to 25 participants. Grant funding is covering the cost of registration and training materials.

Registration is closed. 

 

Farmers Market Manager - 101
April 26 & May 3, 2021 | 6 - 9 p.m. Virtual | Registration is FREE
Are you a new farmers market manager or a manager looking for insights on how to run or improve your farmers market? Join Illinois Farmers Market Association for this session covering the basics of market operations, communication, marketing, COVID-19, customer and vendor relations, and more. This workshop is a LIVE session on Zoom. The class is limited to 25 participants. Grant funding is covering the cost of registration and training materials.

Registration is closed.


Don't miss out on these two human resource bundles workshops

All Human Resource sessions are facilitated by Kristine Ranger, M.Ed., a nationally recognized thought leader. Knowledge Navigators, is an organizational development firm that understands adult learners. We develop participant centered strategies that incorporate coaching, consulting, facilitation, and Wiley workplace solutions.

Cost:

  • Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Members: $25
  • Non-IFB Member: $45

Conflict Management (bundled workshop)
Minimum time commitment of 6 hours in this bundled option. Seats are limited. 
Attend a 90-minute introductory Zoom session on Understanding Conflict
Thursday, May 13 from 6:00-7:30pm


Wait, there’s more! Participants will also:
• Complete one Everything DiSC® Productive Conflict Profile
• Schedule a one-hour phone coaching session with Kristine Ranger
• Reconvene for a two-hour Zoom Session on Managing Conflict in the Fall

 

HR System Sessions and Resources (bundled workshop)
Minimum time commitment of 6 hours in this bundled option. Seats are limited.
Attend this 3-Hour Session on Implementing a Complete HR System
Tuesday, May 18 from 3:00-5:00pm


Wait, there’s more! Participants will also:

  • Complete an HR Self-Assessment (HRSA) plus one-hour phone consult
  • Schedule a one-hour phone consult with Kristine Ranger
  • Reconvene and deep dive into one or more “Best Practices” Fall workshops (45 minutes each)



Take a deep dive into understanding your financials

QuickBooks Intensive (fall workshop)
November 9 thru December 7, 2021
(The workshop is 2 hours each week for 4 weeks)
Weekly from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday’s except Tuesday November 23

Cost:

  • Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Members: $25
  • Non-IFB Member: $45

This weekly workshop is designed to help both established and beginning farmers understand the financials of their business and learn how to make informed decisions to increase profits. The goals of the workshop are to plan for profit, examine YOUR farm enterprises and better understand financial statements.  It is best suited for those with at least one year of farming or similar experience.

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • How reading your financial statements can help you improve profitability and manage cash flow
  • How to calculate your cost of production, and how does that effect your pricing strategies.
  • Using break-even analysis to set sales goals

Julia Shanks – business coach, entrepreneur and author – works with food and agricultural entrepreneurs to help them achieve and maintain financial sustainability.  She gives her clients the tools they need to launch, stabilize and grow their ventures. She is a frequent lecturer on sustainable food systems, accounting and small farm business management. She is the author of two books: “The Farmer's Office: Tools, Tips and Templates to Successfully Manage a Growing Farm Business” and “The Farmers Market Cookbook.” Julia earned her MBA from Babson College, and is a QuickBooks certified ProAdvisor.

Registration coming soon

 

For more information, contact Raghela Scavuzzo at 309-557-2155 or rscavuzzo@ilfb.org.  

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