ALP Courses These are the currently available online ALP courses

Business Management

Staff Management 

Your staff are critical to the success of your business. You must understand how to identify the right candidates to help you operate your business, review their qualifications, and how to hire the people that will help you succeed. And once you hire the right people, how to you keep them satisified so that they will continue to work for your business? In this topic, you will examine the issues related to recruiting, hiring and retaining staff for your business

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Business Management 

Bookkeeping Essentials 

Proper bookkeeping is a key element of a successful business. It gives you a more accurate understanding of how funds are flowing into and from your business, and allows you to plan how your business uses the money it earns. This course explains the basic bookkeeping concepts that all small businesses should use when tracking and managing their finances. In this topic, you will examine how agribusinesse  should manage and record their financial transactions.

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Organization 

Understanding CoopeRatives

Grouping together smaller agribusinesses into cooperativs can usually create a business that is better able to address the needs of customers. Cooperatives have many characteristics that can be attractive to a smaller growers and suppliers. Is a cooperative arrangement the right business approach for your business? This course will explain how cooperatives operate and the potential benefits that they can provide. n this topic, you will examine how cooperatives operate.

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Management 

Business Planning 

There are a wide range of issues to consider when defining the nature of your business. For example, it is important to consider what overall vision and mission should guide the decisions that drive your business and give you a target to work towards, the objectives for your business activities, and how to plan and analyze various aspects of your business operations. These issues can often be overlooked when launching a business, but can be critical to the ongoing success of the business. In this topic, you will examine several issues that can be an important part of the success of your business.

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Organization 

Operations 

Proper operations of your agribusiness is critical to success. The goal of most agribusinesses should be to deliver products on time, in the quantites expected at the expected standards of quality. This requires that the business understands how to properly collect product from farmers, receive teh store tehse products in a manner that maintains qulaity, and properly deliver to clients. It is also important to understand how to create fair contracts that define the performance of all parties to an agreement. In this topic, you will examine issues related to the operations of your business.

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Organization 

Internal Organization

Internal organization refers to how a business structures its activities and resources. A properly organized business communicates effectively, establishes clear rules and policies, maintains good recordkeeping, limits the risk of corruption, and monitors growth and progress. As a result, it builds trust and respect with staff, customers and business partners, which is critical to the success of your business.  

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Business Management

Business Relationships

A business must maintain effective ongoing relationships with customers, suppliers and local authorities. Each of these relationships have different objectives and benefit the business in a specific manner. So it is important that a business person understands the value of establishing and maintaining each of these types of relationships.

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Business Management

Coaching and Facilitating ALP Courses 

There are a wide range of ALP face-to-face courses available for ALP trainers to deliver to agricultural organizations. ALP experts and instructional designers have developed a series of well prepared and complete packages of classroom presentation materials to enable ALP facilitators to provide learners with a compelling and effective classroom experience. 

Once the learners return to their organizations, ALP coaches arrange for follow-up visits to the organization to meet with learners and members and provide additional guidance and support to address the needs of the organization.  

This 2 part elearning course provides an overview of the recommended approaches to facilitating ALP courses, including an overview of the information that is typically included within the ALP course instructor guide materials, and how to best present this learning. It also presents a recommended approach for conducting the post-class coaching assistance for ALP learners once they return to their organizations. 

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Business Management

Sustainability

Sustainability within business refers to operating in a manner that minimizes harmful impacts to the environment and community. Sustainable practices can include establishing procedures to prevent contaminating the local environment with hazardous substances or having other adverse impacts to the environment, and establishing business policies that help ensure that workers and customers are treated fairly.

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Business Management

Cost Management

All businesses should pay close attention to understanding the costs associated with the way the business operates, how these costs should impact prices of the business’s products, and ways to manage these costs.

In this topic, you will learn about how costs are classified, how to determine the profitability of your business and whether it makes business sense to expand your business operations, and the types of costs that a business is able to manage and control. Understanding how to address each of these issues is critical to the success of your business.

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Business Management

Working with Credit 

The ability to obtain credit from lenders to expand your business is key to your ongoing success. Credit can provide critical resources required to maintain and expsnd your business oeprations. So a business person must understand how business credit works, what information lenders will require from the business to enable the lender to evaluate the loan requuest, and how the loan terms will impact the costs for repaying the loan.        

In this topic, you will learn about how business credit works, what lenders will execpt from your business when aplying for a loan, and why, in some cases, you can benefit from providing credit to your customers. 

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Business Management

Inventory Management 

Proper and effective inventory management helps businesses improve customer satisfaction, maximize profits, adhere to safety regulations, and prevent waste.

In this topic, you will learn about how to manage inventory to align with an optimum  business cycle,  how to track and manage inventory, and methods for maintaining an accurate inventory count for your business.   

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Business Management

Marketing

Marketing is "the process of creating and delivering value that meets the needs of a target market at a profit". Implementing a sound marketing strategy can help your business grow and increase your profits.

In this topic, you will learn what marketing is, how to identify market needs and adjust your business practices to meet those needs, strategies for pricing your products or services, and how to control your costs for marketing.  

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Business Management

Enablers

Enablers are organizatons that can help your business by providing suport and services at little to no cost. An enabler organization can help strengthen the skills and competencies of people, communities, businesses or organizations. Businesses that build strong relationships with enablers are investing in long-term growth and security.

n this topic, you will learn the charactersitics of enabler organization, an how to work with these organizations to enhance the success of your business.

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Business Management

Finance and Accounting

Properly tracking your business's expenses and income is a critical aspect of running a profitable business. It ensures that you understand the ongoing costs for providing your goods and services, and are able to properly categorize your expenses and income in a manner that meets legal requriements. Having an accurate understanding of the financial condition of your business will help you to allocate funds in a manner that maximizes efficiency and profits.

In this topic, you will examine methods of tracking the finances of your business.

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Business Management

Leadership

Understanding how to properly lead the people within your organization is key to your success. Leadership involves a range of knowledge and skills that will help you motivate and manage the people withjin your organization, commuinicate your objectives, resolve conflicts and address the responsiblities of the leader.

In this topic, you will examine some issues related to leadership that can be applied to any organization.

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Business Management

Member Management

Your members are key to the success of your business. You must understand how to identify, recruit and retain the right members to build an organization that provides benefits for all members. This means that you must know how tokeep the members engaged, and properly manage their activities within your organization.

In this topic, you will examine the issues related to managing members of your agri-business.

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