Registration is sneaking up for the Friday & Saturday festivities surrounding Ohio Maple Days.
In order of their occurrence, Mark Cannella is hosting a maple business workshop representing by University of Vermont on Friday, December 9th. Mark is offering this half day workshop with a focus on strategic planning, marketing and managing finances toward profitability. Participants are encouraged to bring any business records and information of their own to apply during the workshop. There are 4 SAF category 1 continuing education credits offered for the day. Space is limited and seats are running out – register now!
Friday evening, you do not want to miss out on the One Sweet Gathering fundraising banquet thrown by the Ohio Maple Producers Association. Register here!
And of course the main event on December 10th, Saturday for Ohio Maple Days. We will meet again at Ashland University’s John C. Meyer Convocation Center for a jam-packed program on all things maple. Updates on red maple research from both Ohio State’s Gabe Karns and the University of Vermont’s Proctor Maple Research Center’s Abby van den Berg. Add to this other talks on reverse osmosis, marketing and insects impacting maple trees. A maple themed lunch and a vendor room that features a variety of maple equipment dealers, consulting foresters and other associated equipment help round out the day. There are also SAF continuing education credits available for the program. Registration here.
Please join us on December 9th and 10th for a great line-up of workshops, socials, and seminars at this year’s Ohio Maple Days. Registration is available at the Woodland Stewards website. Saturday has a packed agenda of research talks, seminars, vendor displays, and down time to enjoy meals engaging with fellow maple enthusiasts.
Preceding Saturday, Friday will feature a half-day business planning workshop with Dr. Mark Cannella (ad below) followed by a banquet and social with maple-themed entrees, drinks, and cocktails galore (buy tickets here!). Registration for each event is separate, so don’t miss out a great 2-day package of maple education and fun.
University of Vermont is offering two online short courses for current and prospective maple producers this fall. Each course includes four classes (1.5 hours each), once per week, in addition to assignments that get participants completing real time analysis and making immediate decisions to enhance their business. Mark Cannella, Extension Associate Professor, will instruct both courses. Registration is now open!
- Maple Business Planning This four-session course guides participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session covers concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepare sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Register Here for Maple Business Planning. Course Dates: 7:00 – 8:30 EST pm EST on Tuesdays: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9 and 11/16.
- Maple Financial Planning This four-session course guides participants through the basics of financial statements and financial planning concepts. Topics included cash flow, balance sheets, sales forecasting and calculating cost-of-production. The goal of this course is to identify important numbers and where to find them in order to make powerful decisions for your business. Register Here for Maple Financial Planning. Course Dates: 7:00 – 8:30 EST pm EST on Thursdays: 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 and 11/18.