Business maintenance services are designed to begin once the development process is completed. The business development process sets the organization up properly, but further assistance is needed as unforeseen issues arise. KCARD works closely with established businesses to assist with the decision-making fundamentals required to operate an effective and efficient operation. KCARD participates in many activities to assist existing agribusinesses. These services include:
On-site Business Consultations
In providing any of its services to its clients, KCARD finds it very important to spend time at the business location of the client to ensure that KCARD understands the business operations and its needs as well as possible. Informal meeting between KCARD staff and owner/manager of business to follow‐up on recent business activity and previously identified issues; Planned meetings with multiple representatives of the business and KCARD staff to plan business activities, discuss a specific issue within the business, or facilitate open dialogue on business operations, and; ASAP meeting with KCARD staff and management of the business to address urgent issues within the business or discuss new opportunities for the business.
Business Plan Development
A business plan is a company’s roadmap for success. KCARD staff is capable of facilitating the process of developing or updating a business plan for new and existing businesses. KCARD only plays the role of the facilitator and works closely with a company’s owners and managers to complete a comprehensive business plan.
For start‐up businesses: KCARD often helps with choosing appropriate software, developing the most efficient physical tracking systems, and developing specialized templates such as invoices, bills of lading, and appropriate financial reports.
For existing businesses: Recordkeeping also becomes more important as a result of growth , so KCARD provides services that are tailored to specific client needs. Recordkeeping systems need to be evaluated periodically and changed as needs and business activity change.
As an additional service to clients, KCARD provides software specific training through third party trainers.
KCARD assists startups and existing businesses determine all costs to produce their various products and services. Key goals for cost analysis are to determine breakeven prices and/or volumes for clients, and to help clients make pricing decisions. KCARD develops cost analysis models that are tailored to specific client needs and account for all costs. KCARD also performs sensitivity analysis for clients by answering “what if” questions, such as what would be the effect on profitability if certain costs change.
Marketing Plan Development
KCARD can assist start‐ups and existing businesses develop a marketing plan that addresses specific goals of the business and provides marketing strategies that fit their targeted customer groups to achieve those goals, and update marketing plans and perform the necessary market research. A well‐defined marketing plan helps businesses make the most of their marketing dollars in terms of more customers and higher sales.
Facility and Store Layout Assessment
KCARD can assist clients with designing or redesigning the layout of its store or production facility. It is important that a facility be laid out in a manner to facilitate a logical flow of materials and maximize efficiency, and customer flow, product location, shelving, and displays are factors that need to be considered in a retail store.
Board Meeting Participation
KCARD staff often attend and participate in board meetings for its clients KCARD understands the value of having a third party offering objective information and input in these meetings, and is willing to serve as ex‐officio members of a board of directors for our clients.
KCARD provides Board Training to mutually owned agricultural and rural based businesses, including cooperatives, LLCs, and nonprofit organizations. Topics KCARD has addressed in previous board trainings include: Conflict Management, Board Members- Roles & Responsibilities, Officers- Roles & Responsibilities, Conducting Board Meetings & Understanding Parliamentary Procedure, and Corporate Records that Must be Kept and Maintained- General & Financial.