Thursday August 18 & Friday August 19, 2016
UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade
18710 SW 288 St., Homestead, FL 33030


Why attend?

  • Starting a business is a big achievement, but maintaining one is the larger challenge.
  • Learn to create a simple business plan, understand cash flow or improve your business skills in this hands-on workshop.
  • No previous knowledge necessary. If you have a business, you should attend this unique workshop in South Florida

Who should attend?

  • This workshop is targeted to growers/producers, landowners, beginning or small farmers, accountants, bookkeepers and members of the finance, agribusiness and public policy communities.


Early Bird Registration ends 08/10/16

Two sessions

(Thursday 18 and Friday 19).
Materials and exercises will be provided each session.

Session 1 - Thursday, August 18 | 12:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


To start and run a business, you often need to understand business terms that may not be well defined in a standard dictionary. In this session you will be provided with common terminology and acronyms that will better help you understand aspects of a small business.


Key Terms


Business Plan

Creating a business plan that works in today’s rapidly changing, high pace business world who has time to sit down and write a long drawn out business plan? In this interactive hands-on session you will learn how to develop a concise business plan that will compliment your fast-paced business life and act as a catalyst for growing your business.


Worst Farm Management Practices




Plan For Success.pptx

Break - Refreshments Provided

Record Keeping

Good records will help you monitor the progress of your business, help to prepare your financial statements, identify sources of income, and keep track of deductible expenses. In this session you will learn how good record keeping can help you make sound financial and production decisions.


IRS Profit or Loss From Farming


Session 2 - Friday, August 19 | 8:50 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Connecting the Income Statement and Balance Sheet

Balance sheets and income statements are the primary financial tools for assessing the wealth of your business. In this session you learn how to interpret these two financial statements so you will know if your business is operating profitably.


FSA Balance Sheet

SCORE Balance Sheet

FSA Income Statement

SCORE Income Statement

Lunch & Refreshments Provided / Networking

Understanding Cash Flow Analysis

For small businesses, cash is king. You need it to start, operate, and expand your operations, but many small business owners often have trouble managing and maintaining cash. In this session you will learn how to create and interpret a cash flow statement so that you can maintain a balance of cash at all.


SCORE Cash Flow

Putting it all Together

Combining all terms and data learned during these two sessions.


SCORE Ratios

Questions and Answers

Organizers & Speakers

Dr. Derek Farnsworth

Dr. Farnsworth is an assistant professor at the University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department. His primary research interests include production economics, labor economics, agribusiness marketing, agricultural policy, international trade.

Ed Skvarch, M.S.

Mr. Skvarch owned and operated a landscape and nursery business for 15 years. Today he works for the St. Lucie County / University of Florida Extension focusing on commercial horticulture and business and economic development. Ed holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Masters in Agriculture Education.

Vanessa Campoverde, M.S.

UF/IFAS Extension agent for Miami-Dade County working with nursery growers since 2011. Bilingual educator with expertise in Integrated Plant Management and Best Management Practices for a sustainable business in agriculture.

Ms. Nancy Mundo

Ms. Mundo, USDA, Farm Service Agency (FSA), helps growers with FSA’s farm loan programs, a valuable resource to establish, improve, expand, transition, and strengthen your farm or nursery.

Ms. Martha Kessell

Ms. Kessell, Farm Credit of Florida, is part of a team specialized in financing farm, nursery or agribusiness operations and understand the complex needs and demands of a successful operation.Ms. Nancy Mundo

Dr. Edward “Gilly” Evans

Dr. Edward “Gilly” Evans is a professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department located at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead. His specialization is in agricultural policy analysis, international trade, and development.

In Collaboration with

UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade USDA- Farm Service Agency (FSA) office
UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department (FRED)