Dozens of Lowndes County residents participated in a Small Business Workshop on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The program, hosted by BancorpSouth and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Auburn and Tuskegee University offices, targeted entrepreneurs.
11th and 12th grade students from Central and Calhoun High Schools learned about the basics of financial management for small businesses and business banking fundamentals.
Regional Extension Agent Kevin Burkett, who specialize in Commercial Horticulture and Farm and Agribusiness Management, discussed some of the start-up situations facing small business owners.
Lyons said of the program, “I hope that the attendees learned that there are a wide array of products and services that are tailored to meet the needs of small business owners (as well as businesses of all sizes), so the most important thing to remember is to develop a good relationship with a banker of their choice who will help guide them through the process of choosing the right products and services for their specific needs.”
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Lowndes County Offices supported the Fall Extravaganza held by the Lowndes County Board of Education’s Head Start Program on Saturday, October 20,2018. The event was held at the Russell Baseball Field from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“We enjoyed sharing information with parents about the many programs that our Regional Extension Agents teach our Lowndes County Head Start students. Our Agents are trained in areas of health, nutrition, anti-bullying lessons, and conflict resolution”, said Tana Shealey, County Extension Coordinator for Lowndes County.
During the event, Shealey talked with parents who have youth preparing to enter the job market.
“We want to make sure that our teens have information about such things as selecting the correct attire for job interviews, the proper demeanor of a job candidate, and that they learn what information to include on a resume”, Shealey stated. Shealey and teenagers who attended the program participated in mock interviews to give high school seniors an idea of what they might experience during a job interview.
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has several regional agents specializing in workforce development who are available to offer training with school and civic groups about job readiness.
For more information, call the Lowndes County Extension Office at 334.548.2315.
Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.
U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.