Strategy Sessions

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    New to the ACS Conference this year: Business Strategist-in-Residence and Grant Strategist-in-Residence sessions! These sessions are designed to provide professional guidance around your most critical business needs.

    Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis through the online conference registration process. An additional fee of $25 applies for these sessions.

     

    BUSINESS STRATEGIST-IN-RESIDENCE

    Thursday, Friday, and Saturday appointments available. Appointments may be selected during the online conference registration process.

    Are you considering a new artisan cheese enterprise, a business expansion, new products, or significant change in the way you market your products or run your business?  Have you discussed your ideas with business professionals knowledgeable of artisan cheese markets and enterprises?  The Business Strategist-in-Residence program provides ACS conference attendees a chance to review key business issues with professionals with over 50 years combined experience in the cheese industry.  Each applicant company will be asked to provide a short description of their company and critical needs prior to the meeting, and all discussions will be confidential.  This program is first come, first serve and requires advanced registration via the conference registration process.

     

    GRANT STRATEGIST-IN-RESIDENCE

    Sunday appointments only. Appointments may be selected during the online conference registration process.

    As an extension of the Business Strategist-in-Residence program, companies wishing to find out more about the USDA Value Added Producer Grant and similar programs are encouraged to sign up for these one-on-one sessions.  Farmstead and dairy cooperatives are eligible for VAPG program.  Each applicant will be asked to provide a short description of their company and information related to their enterprise prior to the meeting, and all discussion will be confidential.  This program is first come, first serve and requires advanced registration.

    BIOS

    • Janet Ady is the president & CEO of Ady Voltedge, and an experienced marketing strategist and economic development professional.  Her marketing research and facilitation of consumer focus groups for the Dairy Business Innovation Center helped companies make critical decisions on products and market messaging.  Ms. Ady also worked for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and is a frequent speaker on topics related to local foods.
    • Jim Gage is the president of James D. Gage Consulting, and is a value-added business strategist specializing in the artisan and specialty dairy industry.  As an independent contractor and manager/consult to the Dairy Business Innovation Center, Mr. Gage has worked with over 200 companies on business plans and feasibility studies as a precursor for attracting appropriate public or private sector funding.
    • Andrea Neu is the principal of Image Maker, which provides marketing and communications consulting services dedicated to business and product brand positioning.  She assisted Dairy Business Innovation Center clients and others with brand development projects, specializing in packaging, labeling, and marketing materials development. Ms. Neu also served 18 years as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Vice President of Marketing Services for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, and served on the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association board of directors for nine years, the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation board, and several other Wisconsin business boards.

    SCHEDULE

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 1
    BUSINESS STRATEGIST-IN-RESIDENCE

     9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Janet Ady, Ady Voltedge
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Janet Ady, Ady Voltedge
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

    1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
    Janet Ady, Ady Voltedge
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

    2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    Janet Ady, Ady Voltedge
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

     

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
    BUSINESS STRATEGIST-IN-RESIDENCE

     8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    Janet Ady, Ady Voltedge
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Janet Ady, Ady Voltedge
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

    10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Janet Ady, Ady Voltedge
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker


    SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
    BUSINESS STRATEGIST-IN-RESIDENCE

    8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

    9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting
    Andrea Neu, Image Maker

     

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
    GRANT STRATEGIST-IN-RESIDENCE

     9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

    1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

    3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m,
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting

    4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Jim Gage, James D. Gage Consulting