Exploring Value Added Opportunities Workshops

Take our convenient Exploring Value Added Opportunities (EVAO) Course

This one-day workshop will help you evaluate your value added opportunity.

Topics Covered

Module 1: Selecting Your Best Idea

  • Consider your motivations and risk tolerance
  • Identify your customer
  • Select one or two ideas to pursue further

Module 2: Assessing Your Idea's Business Potential

  • Further develop and evaluate your business idea in the areas of production, marketing, financial and human resources

Module 3: Next Steps

  • Decide whether you are ready to develop a full business plan for your idea
  • If not, determine what still needs to be done before you proceed with your idea
  • Locate resources for developing a compreensive business plan.

Note: Prior to attending the workshop, we recommend participants complete the pre-module:Generating Ideas or by accessing the resource manual and journal for the pre-module.

Course Materials

All workshop participants receive printed copies of the presentation slides, journal, digital copies of videos, resource manuals, e-learning modules and more.

To download your own copies of the journal and resource manuals for each module use the links provided. The Resource Manuals are e-books with the same information as is contained in the e-learning modules but provided in pdf format.

Pre-module: Generating Ideas resource manual - appendix

Module One: Selecting Your Best Idea resource manual

Module Two: Assessing Your Idea's Business Potential resource manual - appendix

Module Three: Next Steps resource manual - appendix

The Journal is a booklet with exercises to be completed for your own value added idea. journal

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops are being planned in different locations throughout Ontario. Flyers and dates of all scheduled workshops will be posted here.

To be notified of upcoming workshops contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or at ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.


Here's what some farmers had to say about the course materials:

"I know we need everything in that binder. Its so great to have it all in one place."
Gillian Flies, Creemore, ON

"I wish this course had been available before I started my value added business."
Jason Persall, Waterford, ON

"It's a wonderful course. I would have saved a lot of time had I had this course before developing my business plan."
Don Deakin, Killaloe ON

The project was funded through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 20 November 2012
Last Reviewed: 24 July 2017