Small business fair caters to farmers, ranchers, too

The Jackson-Josephine County Farm Service Agency will be among the exhibitors at the ninth-annual Rogue Valley Business Resource Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22, in downtown Medford.

"Typically, people might not think of farming and ranching as a small business," said local FSA Executive Director Joe Hess, who urges beginning farmers and ranchers to attend.

"The seminars presented at the business fair address the same issues farmers and ranchers face, including financing for your operation, marketing your products and even doing business on the Internet."

The business fair is Oregon's largest event of its kind outside of Portland, providing free access to materials, resources and support to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

One-hour seminars cover how to get money for your business, forms of ownership, managing your finances, social media, and out-of-the-box marketing. Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do Internet business and develop a 30-second sales pitch.

The Farm Service Agency will have information available regarding loans for beginning farmers, including minority and women farmers. There also will be information available on risk management options provide by FSA through disaster assistance programs and the Non-Insurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program, which provides crop insurance for farmers whose crops do not qualify for insurance through commercial agents.

In addition to the educational seminars, representatives from more than 20 industry associations, government and nonprofit organizations will be on hand. In addition to the USDA, the Small Business Administration, the Energy Trust of Oregon, the IRS, SAIF, OSHA, the CPA's of Oregon and the Oregon Employment Department will have a presence.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, 101 Bartlett St., between Eighth and Ninth streets. For more information, see or call Ainoura Oussenbec at 541-776-6060, ext. 233.

Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or email

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