Archive for the ‘Workshop’ Category

“Pricing Your Products & Services” Small & Home-based Business Workshop

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

November 15, 2013

cgerry tomatoes for sale at $15 per 8 pints; photo by Edwin RemsbergLocation: UMaine Extension Penobscot County office, 307 Maine Avenue, Bangor, Maine
Time: 9:00 am – Noon
Cost: Free
Contact: Theresa Tilton, UMaine Extension Penobscot County office,
Registration: 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (in Maine) or

Pricing is the systematic determination of the “right” price for a product or service. Setting any price is easy, but determining the price at which you can remain competitive and still make a profit is considerably more difficult. Participants will learn about the kind of information needed to make good pricing decisions and how to apply pricing principles to their own circumstance.

For upcoming Small & Home-based Business workshops, see our online calendar.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please call 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (in Maine) to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 7 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.

Recipe to Market 6-Part Workshop

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Maine made food products; photo by Edwin RemsbergDo your friends and family rave about your homemade chowder, blueberry jam, ice cream, fudge or other special food product? They say you should sell it and make a fortune. You wonder if they’re right, and if you have the drive and personality to run a business.

Participants of the Recipe to Market 6-part workshop will learn about licensing, how to prepare and package their food product safely, to access potential profits, and discover some of the resources available to support them in business development.

This program is for individuals currently operating a value-added business or those seriously considering one.

Cost: $50 Register online or contact Lois Elwell, 207.781.6099, to pay with check.

Dates/Times/Subject: Sessions to be held at the UMaine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Dr., Falmouth, Maine

  1. October 3 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Are You an Entrepreneur? What Is Involved?
  2. October 10 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Developing Your Product and Process.
  3. October 24 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Business Realities.
  4. November 7 (5:30 – 9:00 p.m.), Resource Panel.
  5. November 14 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) Individual Business Counseling.
  6. November 21 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Pilot Plant Tours, Hitchner Hall, Orono, Maine.

Workshop to focus on growing seaweed

Monday, July 30th, 2012

In Maine and elsewhere, seaweed is experiencing increased interest from aquaculturists, harvesters, researchers, and those in the business of making products from marine macroalgae. This is due to some innovative research being conducted in the region, and because Maine now boasts the first and only commercial kelp aquaculture operation in the United States, Portland-based Ocean Approved.

The seaweed industry will be the subject of a workshop on Thursday, August 30 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. The workshop will cover the biology, culture techniques, and products being made from seaweed, and will review the findings of a recent technology transfer project in kelp-shellfish polyculture, funded by the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center.

“Put the research together with the commercial activity, and there’s a buzz building,” said Dana Morse, a marine extension associate with Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension. “At this workshop, we hope to discuss future needs in research, product development, equipment, and husbandry.” The workshop will take place in Brooke Hall of the Darling Marine Center in Walpole.

There is no cost for the workshop, but space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Dana Morse at 207.563.3146 x205, or Sarah Redmond, 207.422.6289, For details about the project, visit

Transferring the Farm: An Introductory Workshop to Help Farm Families Minimize Farm Business Succession Risks

Monday, February 13th, 2012

dairy barn; photo by Edwin RemsbergWednesday, March 14, 2012
Higher Education Center, University of Maine Presque Isle, Houlton, ME

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Governor’s Restaurant, Waterville, ME

Transferring the Farm is a day-long workshop offered in Houlton or Waterville, Maine. We have offered this program across New England over the past several years. The workshop will help farmers and farm families make informed decisions about transferring the farm to the next generation. Each workshop will address details on retirement and estate planning, legal approaches to protect assets from taxes, tools you can use to transfer farm assets, and determining your goals to address transfer planning.

Brochure (PDF)


Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Each workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 PM.

Welcome: We’ll start by giving an overview of the day.

First Things First — Getting the Farm Transfer Process Started: Transferring the farm starts by taking stock—we’ll talk about communicating for success, looking at the future of the farm, setting goals, and ways to include the whole family.

Transferring the Farm Tools and Techniques: We’ll define what is an estate and address various economic considerations in farm business transfers.

Farm Transfer and Estate Planning: We will be joined by an attorney who will explain how business entity selection, gifting, and other legal aspects affect the transfer.

Question and Answer Period: We have scheduled time to answer questions you may have about farm transfer at this point in program.

New Ideas and Creative Solutions: Here, we’ll discuss the role that farm link programs and land trusts can play in farm transfers.

First-hand Experience: We hope to have farmers will share their experience with farm transfers to either related or unrelated farm successors.

Q&A and Wrap-Up: We’ll have time at the end of the day to answer additional questions you may have.

Registration Form

Please register before March 7, 2012 to avoid a late fee.

Name(s) _______________________________________________________

Address ________________________________________________________

Town __________________________________________________________

State ________________ Zip _____________

Phone ________________________________

E-mail ________________________________
(Your workshop confirmation will be sent to your e-mail address unless left blank. We do need a minimum to hold this workshop)

Workshop Location (check one):

__ Higher Education Center. Houlton, ME, Wednesday, March 14, 2012

__ Governor’s Restaurant. Waterville, ME, Thursday, March 15, 2012

Workshop Fee: $20 per person; includes registration, workshop packet, and lunch.

Number of people attending _________ X $20 = _________

Late Fee (if postmarked after March 7) = ____ X $10/person = __________

Total Enclosed: __________

Please make check payable to University of Maine Cooperative Extension and mail with completed Registration Form to:

Transferring the Farm Workshops
Gary Anderson
5735 Hitchner Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5735


Directions to Houlton Higher Education Center: From I95 take Route 1 (North St.) into downtown Houlton. At the intersection of the Bangor Rd., continue through the intersection onto Kendall St. At the intersection of Military St., turn right and continue to the UMPI at 18 Military St., Houlton, ME

Directions to Governor’s from 1-95: Get off at exit 130 (from the north turn left and from the south turn right). Governor’s is collocated with the Fireside Inn at this exit.

For More Information

Contact Gary Anderson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, (800) 287-7170 (toll free in Maine only). Direct line 207-581-3240 or 2788.

Hosted By:

  • Land For Good
  • Maine Farm Link
  • University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
  • University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension
  • University of Vermont Extension

Funding provided by The Northeast Center for Risk Management Education