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Business Development Services

CADE provides business development services and one-on-one assistance to farmers in the Catskills, Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier who are interested in developing or revamping their business plan, finding more markets for their products, securing access to capital, and more. Please use the link below to inquire about receiving services from CADE.

Be sure to sign up for CADE’s mailing list to get updates about our upcoming services and workshops.

Free Workshop: Business Planning for a New Era

Coming soon as a self-guided course!

CADE's free, 5-week Business Planning Workshop for Farm and Food Entrepreneurs will soon be available as a free, self-guided online course, with full access to 5 weeks' worth of resources, presentations and curriculum materials.

The changing economic and social landscape has presented both challenges and opportunities to businesses in the farm and food industry, confirming CADE's conviction that a strong local food system is made up of businesses and communities committed to sustainability, collaboration, inclusion, transparency and innovation. By the end of this workshop/course, each participant will have completed the key components of a business plan, and gained market, consumer, financial and operations insights that incorporate these values into all aspects of the business, ensuring viability and resilience in this new era.

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Consultations & 1:1 Services

CADE's Program Managers are available to consult with entrepreneurs in NY seeking guidance for their farm and food business endeavors, whether they are just starting out or already established. We offer up to 15 hours of direct technical assistance to our clients. Contact us today to get started.

Events & Seminars

Throughout the year, CADE hosts a variety of events designed to help farm and food business entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses through business education, funding, networking and more. Visit the Events page and sign up for CADE's monthly newsletter

Farm & Food Business Incubator (FFBI)

Education + Mentoring + Processing + Networking = Opportunity


The FFBI, a partnership between CADE and SUNY Cobleskill, provides a wide range of supportive services at no cost for new and developing farm and food entrepreneurs, with the goal of helping them launch and grow their businesses. ​The program is 1 of 20 Certified Business Incubators under New York’s NYSTAR program.

Incubator offerings are tailored to each client’s individual needs, and range from support and training on business plan development to facilitating access to markets, resources, networks, and funding opportunities and ongoing business mentorship. As with all of CADE’s programs, our incubator services emphasize the values of sustainability, innovation, transparency, collaboration and inclusion.

Our partnership with SUNY Cobleskill brings an additional dimension to the incubator, providing entrepreneurs seeking to develop value-added products and processes access to specialized facilities and staff resources.

Whether you are looking to establish a new enterprise, or expand and existing business, if this sounds like what you need, we look forward to working with you.

FFBI services include:

  • Business planning

  • Market planning

  • Financial planning

  • Access to capital

  • Scaling up

  • Planning for wholesale

  • Food safety & quality control

  • Online marketing & social media

  • Branding, advertising & packaging

  • Land access

  • Legal support

  • Other services, as necessary

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