Maple Business and Forestry Series (August-December 2020) UVM maple specialists hosted a series of online webinars focused on business decision making and forestry practices. Learn about the best practices to integrate business management and sugarbush management for a thriving maple enterprise.  (flyer)

  • Sugarbush Rental Rates  Wednesday, August 5th; 7:00pm EST (slides; video)
  • Tapping Practices to Optimize Yield and Sustainability  Wednesday, August 19th; 7:00pm EST (video)
  • Sugarbush Leases and the Sugarhouse Lease  Wednesday, September 2nd; 7:00pm EST (slides; video)
  • Sap Yield and Tapping Stained Wood  Wednesday, September 16th; 7:00pm EST  (slides; video)
  • Fall Tapping and Tap Hole Longevity  Wednesday, September 30th; 7:00pm EST (video)
  • Forestry and Maple Panel Discussion  Wednesday, October 14th; 7:00pm EST (video)
  • Tubing Systems and Forest Management  Wednesday, October 28th; 7:00pm EST
  • Digital Entrepreneurship and Online Sales  Wednesday, November 4th; 7:00pm EST (slides)
  • Sap-Only Enterprises  Wednesday, November 11th; 7:00pm EST (slides)
  • Appraisal and Valuation of a Sugarbush  Wednesday, December 9th; 7:00pm EST (slides)

Online Courses

University of Vermont Extension Maple Business offered two short-form online courses in November 2020. (flyer)

Maple Business Planning  This four-session course guided participants through key aspects of preparing a business plan. Each session reviewed concepts in strategic planning, analyzing risks, marketing and planning improvements. Students prepared sections of their own plan over the four-week timeframe of the course. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor)

Maple Financial Planning  This three-session class guided participants through the theory and mechanics of basic financial planning. Topics included cash flow, balance sheets, sales forecasting and cost-of-production. The goal of this course is to identify important numbers and where to find them in order to make powerful decisions for your business. Instructor: Mark Cannella (Extension Associate Professor) 

Class Options Time/Day Dates
Maple Business Planning (Daytime) 1:00 pm EST, Tuesdays November 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
Maple Business Planning (Evening) 7:00 pm EST, Tuesdays November 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th
Maple Financial Planning (Daytime) 1:00 pm EST, Thursdays November 5th, 12th, and 19th
Maple Financial Planning (Evening) 7:00 pm EST, Thursdays November 5th, 12th, and 19th