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

Locating the Right Source of Funding Workshop
April 13-14, 2021 | Virtual (3.5 Hours Daily) | See the Agenda
Grant funding starts here. Learn how to find solicitation & build your narrative. Gain the skills to put a good proposal together, advance your research, and find funding. Understand how to look for and read salutations and how to read and apply application requirements.


 
Hurry, class is limited to 25 participants and registration closes April 8, 2021.

 

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 May 6, 2021.

 

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 May 20, 2021.


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.

 

 

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.

 


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)
May 13 | 6 - 7:30 pm Virtual 

Attend a 90-minute introductory Zoom session on Understanding Conflict on Thursday May 13 from 6:00-7:30
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

Register Today (coming soon)

 

HR System Sessions and Resources(bundled workshop)
May 18 | 3 - 5 pm Virtual 

Attend this 3-Hour Session - Implementing a Complete HR System on 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      
  • Reconvene and deep dive into one or more “Best Practices” Fall workshops. Workshop topics are determined by scores on your HRSA, which could include a combination of the following options:
    • Recruiting
    • Hiring and Selection
    • Orientation & Onboarding
    • Communication & Conflict
    • Corrective Action
    • Performance Coaching

Register Today  (coming soon)

 

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

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