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ProActive Business Opportunities

Recognizing that many individuals may want to start a business but do not have any ideas what they want to do, SCA constantly looks out for ideas for viable businesses that will contribute to personal and community

self-reliant well-being. SCA conducts pre-feasability studies and idenitifies resources for the most promising and has a number of possibilities on hand to offer the entrepreneurs to be.

Here are a few of the business opportunities currently available.

 
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Black Framers' Market

The Pastor of an African American Church in Greensboro with 700 weekly congregants has a very strong desire to have a Black Farmers' Market at his Church on Sunday mornings. The Pastor is prepared to inform the congregation from the pulpit of the religious, health, cultural and community prosperity reasons for them to support the Balck farmers.

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Certified Retail Bakery Kitchen

SCA helped the African American American Legion Post to rezone the Hut for commercial uses and helped get their kitchen certified for use as a retail bakery. The Post is willing to rent their kitchen at a very reasonable cost for start-up or part time bakers.

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Black Mushroom Growers Cooperative

SCA had been in conversation with several Black farmers who had tried the drill-and-plug-logs method for growing mushrooms but were discouraged because the inefficient process and sporadic harvests. these issues have deterred recruiting the new growers needed to raise production to marketable quantities. SCA connected with someone who has all the skills necessary to establish growers in the much easier and more productive method using chips and spent grain as grow medium. 14 Black farmers have expressed interest in a mushroom cooperative. SCA is writing a grant for funds to establish the propagation and inoculation lab and is writing a curriculum for a day-long learn mushroom growing workshop.

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Urban Farm Cooperative

There are 4 unbuildable lots in Habitat for Humanity's oldest Moore County neighborhood of 85 houses and 250 people. Habitat has agreed to make this almost 3 acres available to a for-profit urban farm to be worker owned by the Habitat neighbors. Phase one is a 100' x 100' plot for produce. Soil has been worked, compost added, deer fencing installed and parts for an automated drip irrigation system is on hand. Worker Cooperative has been formed.