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Money Matters at the Farmers' Market

Your vendor booth is a business, but are you equipped to run it like one? Join local small business experts for the second half of our Mastering the Farmers' Market series and get the tools to make the market work for you. Explore financial tools and tips for small businesses, the best ways to use Quickbooks to manage your farmers' market finances, and the advantages of payment technologies like Square. You'll also receive a resource packet to help you build a solid budget, understand a variety of inventory and sales tracking options, and tackle accounting software like Quickbooks with confidence.

Where: Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Workforce Careers Center, Room 2113
When: Thursday, March 23, 1:00pm-4:00pm
How Much: $25


Katie Bishop, PrairiErth Farm (Using Square at the Farmers' Market): Katie Bishop farms 300 acres along side of her husband Hans and father-in-law Dave just outside of Atlanta, Illinois. She directs the marketing, strategic planning and customer communication for the farm, in addition to getting dirty and playing with plants and washing carrots. She is driven by an intense passion for nature, and the true joy that comes from connecting with her customers. Katie and the PrairiErth team were recently named Farmers of the Year by the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).

Innovate Springfield (Small Business Basics): Innovate Springfield is non-profit organization that aims to fuel and cultivate a culture of innovation and economic development in the greater Springfield, Illinois region through a business incubator, where entrepreneurs can grow their businesses; a yearlong course empowering high school students to become entrepreneurs; and a social innovation incubator, a program supporting non-profits and service providers in the community.


1:00 PMWelcome and Introductions
1:15 PMSmall Business and Financial Basics for Farmers' Market Vendors
1:35 PMSales and Inventory Tracking Tools
2:15 PMBreak
2:25 PMUsing Square to Boost Sales and Keep Organized at the Market
3:15 PMQuickbooks Tips and Tricks for Vendors
3:45 PMClosing and Evaluations