Business Plans & Marketing

Writing a Business Plan

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration

Everything you need to know about business plans including elements of a plan and templates


Developing a Business Plan for Value-added Agricultural Products

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension

A four-page summary of business plans.


Business Plans

NH Small Business Development Center

An outline of information included in a business plan. 


Sample Business Plan

NH Small Business Development Center

Sample business plan to outline how to write a business plan for small businesses starting out.


Capital Sources for Your Business

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Fact sheet that describes the 5 C’s of credit, types of capital, and ten sources of capital


U.S. Small Business Administration Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration

Information about SBA guaranteed loans, how to find lenders, and free counseling.


Rural Development – Programs and Services

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

Includes information on programs and services for businesses and individuals.


Community Loan Fund

A funding source for NH businesses.

Complete Solutions for Food Entrepreneurs

Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center

Provides technical assistance, workshops, and resources on business planning.


10 Small Business Marketing Ideas

NH Small Business Development Center

A list of marketing ideas along with resource links.


How to Insure Your Business

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Developed for home-based businesses, this bulletin provides in overview of types of insurance.


Insurance for Food Entrepreneurs

Penn State Extension

This fact sheet covers why you need insurance and provide an overview of types of insurance.


Product Liability Insurance

Penn State Extension

A must read fact sheet for anyone who add value to food or direct markets.


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

This website provides a variety of information on starting, financing and managing a small business. Includes links to state SBA sites.


U.S. Small Business Administration – New England Region Office



The nation’s largest network of volunteers, expert business mentors.


  • Connecticut

Starting a Food Business in Connecticut:Resources and Information

UConn Cooperative Extension

Includes contacts and links.


State Federal and Other Resources (for Connecticut mostly)

Connecticut Farm Risk Management and Crop Insurance Program

Links to Federal and State resources for small food businesses.


Resources For Small Businesses - Connecticut

Connecticut Small Business Development Center

Provides list of federal and state resources and associations for Connecticut small food businesses.


SCORE Locations in Connecticut


  • Maine

SCORE Locations in Maine


Resources for Food Entrepreneurs

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Extensive list of resources for specialty food producers.


Resources for Small Food Businesses

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

List of resources and services provided by the University of Maine.



  • Massachusetts

SCORE Locations in Massachusetts


Massachusetts Health and Human Services - Retail Food

Massachusetts DHHS

Links to policies and guidelines, regulations, food safety training courses, and retail food safety.


The Food Guide Business Guide for Entrepreneurs

UMASS Amherst Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment

This 24-page guide discusses starting and growing a food business.



  • New Hampshire

SCORE Locations in New Hampshire


Resource Center

NH Small Business Development Center

Extensive list of resources and articles relating to small businesses, specifically in New Hampshire, but in other states as well.


Food Safety for Food Businesses

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Links to NH resources.


  • Rhode Island

SCORE Locations in Rhode Island


Rhode Island Agencies Associated with the Specialty Food Industry

Cornell Food Venture Center


  • Vermont

SCORE Location in Vermont


State of Vermont Permit and Licensing Information

State of Vermont

Fact sheet for food businesses.