Tools for Entrepreneurs

There are many resources on the web to help you write a business plan, create financial projections and grow your business. We’ve developed our tools as we’ve helped our clients achieve and maintain financial sustainability. They’re designed for real entrepreneurs and have been thoroughly road-tested over the years.

We posted them here for your reference and use because we think it’s important for beginning entrepreneurs to have access to high-quality tools and information, even if they’re not in a financial position to engage consulting services. Whatever your stage of business, we have tools to help.

If you need more assistance, do get in touch — we’re always happy to help.


Launching and managing a business can be overwhelming. We’ve created templates to help you at every stage, whether you’re writing a business plan, managing cash flow, or setting up QuickBooks.

General Resources

If you have more general questions about start a food-based business or applying for a loan, these resources will provide the information you need.

Recent Articles

Every month we publish an article on a timely topic in food and agriculture entrepreneurship, full of tips from our experiences with our clients and partners.  Browse by topic, or access our entire archive for free. Interested in receiving an article (or two!) in your inbox from us monthly? Join our mailing list.

Video Tutorials

Learn more about basic accounting terms and understand the financial underpinnings of running a successful business with  Julia’s short lectures and longer webinars on business basics.

Recipe Cards

Download detailed descriptions of your produce, and how best to store and prepare it, with our full-color recipe cards for farmers’ market vendors and managers.

Tips, Tools
And Templates

Writing a business plan? Looking for investors? Getting set up in QuickBooks? We’ve got the tools and templates you need, from planning a startup to growing your business.

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Our Services
What We Offer You

Whether you’re just starting out, or expanding your business to the next phase of growth, Julia Shanks Food Consulting can help you succeed. Click below to find out more about our services.

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Have Julia Speak
At Your Conference

Julia speaks about small business accounting, business planning and sustainability. Recent conferences include NY Veterans in Agriculture and Women in Sustainable Agriculture.

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