V. Developing a Business Plan
Sure, you have an agritourism idea for your business, but do you have a business plan? And do you need a written plan? It depends. The format for your business plan can vary greatly. If you’re seeking outside financing, you will likely need a formal, comprehensive business plan, for which there are many guides. If you’re establishing a partnership or other legal structure, you’ll want a written plan to spell out agreements regarding business goals, operations, and key roles and responsibilities.
The following resources can help you get started on your business plan.
General Resources for Business Planning and Management
- Growing Farms: Successful Whole Farms Management – OSU Small Farms Program
- Online Tool for Building Your Business Plan – Small Business Association
- Colorado Department of Agriculture & Colorado State University Extension Agritourism Resources
- Oregon Start a Business Guide – Oregon Secretary of State (English, Spanish)
- Small Business Resource Guide – Oregon/Washington edition from Small Business Administration
- State of Oregon Business Resources
Financing Your Agritourism Operation
- Creative Financing for Agricultural Businesses – From Columbia Gorge-based farmer and author Rebecca Thistlethwaite
- Business Oregon Business Finance Programs