COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Division of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Middle for Analysis and Entrepreneurship (ACRE), in partnership with Clemson Cooperative Extension, has awarded seven starting entrepreneurs a share of $30,000 to assist propel their agriculture companies ahead.
Sixteen people or pairs participated on this 12 months’s ACRE Curriculum, which guides starting entrepreneurs by creating a marketing strategy, advertising, finance, operational planning, pitching and different enterprise abilities. This 12 months’s curriculum was performed totally on-line because of COVID-19, together with the digital Pitch Day.
The awardees, as chosen by a panel of judges:
• Sweetgrass Roots is a studying farm in Colleton County devoted to preserving people artwork crafts like sweetgrass basketry. “Seed to basket” entrepreneur Kisha Kinard plans to make use of ACRE funding for a storage construction.
• By way of Queen & Comb, property homeowners pay a month-to-month payment to have Tom Knaust place honeybee hives on their property, sharing 50-50 within the honey harvest and studying about pollinators. He plans to make use of ACRE funding to start advertising his Charleston County enterprise.
• Elise Ashby’s Farmers Market Flavors sells vegetable ice cream in flavors like blueberry-okra and cauliflower-butter pecan. She plans to make use of ACRE funding to assist pay deprived youth to work in her business kitchen in Union County.