In June, we had the honor of participating in Launch A Business Program through K-State college of business. The program is designed to help start up businesses get the tools they need to succeed. It certainly has helped us jumpstart the business side of our farm! With the program we were able to take classes and workshops from university professors and experienced business men, we met with mentors, we had a student team that helped do business research for us, and countless networking opportunities. Here is a Link with details of the Launch a Business Program at K-State and a description of all the other amazing entrepreneurs that were accepted into the program: http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-05/labclass51717.html
The program ended with a Launch Party showcasing the eleven diverse businesses that participated in the program. The event was open to the public. Each business had a table display (our's is pictured below), gave their pitch to attendees, and answered any questions guest might have. Prizes were awarded to each business at the end of the evening. We hope to use the money we were awarded toward buying plants and funding our greenhouse project.
The LAB program has been helpful in educating us about business terminologies, strategies, and methods from finances to business planning. We had an amazing student to work with named Elizabeth Gibisch. She helped us explore the market potential in the Manhattan area as well as analyze financial data for us. The research Elizabeth did for us was one of the most beneficial parts of the LAB program and showed us the tools and methods for how we can move forward. Getting advice from the mentors provided insight into the wide world of business.
What an amazing opportunity it was to be accepting into such a generous program! We feel so lucky and grateful to have been a part of it! It has truly given us the focus and inspiration we needed to move our business forward.
Mary is co-owner of Flint Hills Lavender Farm, a stay at home mom, and a dance teacher. She loves to be creative, help plants grow, cook with herbs, and explore the magic of essential oils.