WALTON, NY, June 8, 2013 -- Whatever type of small business you have, chances are that at some point, you'll need a loan. In this economy, getting that loan is tougher than ever. For farm, food, and forest products businesses generally seen as riskier, it can seem impossible.
Getting that financing requires more than luck. It takes planning and knowing exactly what lenders look for in loan applicants.
To help improve local small businesses' chances of getting their next loan, the Watershed Agricultural Council is holding two "Financing Your Business" workshops where business owners can meet lenders, learn from them, and discuss with each other ways to beat the odds and get financing.
"We often see banks as faceless institutions, but really they're made up of people," says Josh VanBrakle, Wood Products Utilization and Marketing Specialist for the Council. "We want to help business owners see financing from the lender's side of the table. If they can do that, it can greatly increase their chances of getting a loan."
The workshops are geared toward farmers, food-based businesses, and forest products manufacturers, but any small business owner will find the information useful. The same workshop will be held twice: at the Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District building at 64 Ferndale Loomis Road in Liberty on Wednesday, July 10, and at Brooks House of BBQ in Oneonta on Thursday, July 11. Both workshops run from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. Registration is $20 and includes dinner.
Those interested in attending can register online before Friday, June 28 by visiting www.financing-your-business-oneonta.eventbrite.com or www.financing-your-business-liberty.eventbrite.com. Those with questions can contact Josh VanBrakle at 607-865-7790, ext. 112.
Speakers at the workshop include Michelle Catan and Sam Kandel of the Small Business Development Center, Barbara Puglisi of the Catskill Watershed Corporation, and Robert Yurkewecz and Ryan Hrobuchak of Farm Credit East. Following the speaker presentations, attendees can ask questions of the presenters, share experiences seeking loans, and learn from other business owners during an open forum.
About the Watershed Agricultural Council
Celebrating its 20th year, the Watershed Agricultural Council continues to protect both the Catskills economy and drinking water quality for over nine million New Yorkers. Partnering with farmers, agri-businesses, woodland owners, forest industry professionals, non-profits and others, the Council furthers both regional business profitability and environmental stewardship.
The Council is funded in part by New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Forest Service, U.S.D.A and other sources. The Financing Your Business workshop is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, visit www.nycwatershed.org.