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  1. #1
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    I don't believe I've ever seen an ad or an article for management consulting services that is specific to bees. Several members of this forum are either starting or planning to start commercial operations. I know there is a lot of free advice available, much of it good and much of it worth what you paid for it, but it would seem that there would be a market for real consulting services that are specific to beekeeping. Marketing, pricing, production, etc.

    Does anyone know of someone who does this type of work? (And yes, the kernel for this question comes from the discussion regarding Bolling Bees.)
    Nobody ruins my day without my permission, and I refuse to grant it...

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    While the agricultural aspects of beekeeping
    certainly are unique, the remainder of the
    business is classic food marketing.

    That said, there are very very few large
    beekeepers who do more than sell honey by the drum.

    Ann Harmon is someone who speaks and writes often
    on these issues. She goes overseas to assist
    beekeepers in other countries in their marketing
    efforts. She can be reached through Bee Culture
    magazine.

    As far as Bolling Bees goes, the whole problem
    could have been avoided with the hiring of a
    minimum wage high-school student to answer the
    phone and send e-mails or letters. This sort
    of thing happens every few years with one
    bee supplier or another, and every one of them
    fails to realize that the communication load
    increases when schedules start slipping.

    But no one is going to be able to "help" tiny
    firms like Bolling Bees, let alone convince
    them to pay for such help - like most beekeepers,
    they are highly likely to think that they know
    more than everyone else! [img]smile.gif[/img]

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    > like most beekeepers, they are highly likely to think that they know more than everyone else!

    Yes, indeed. You are a beekeeper aren't you?

    ...oops! I promised I'd behave myself, too.

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    > Yes, indeed. You are a beekeeper aren't you?

    Glad to see you can "get" a simple punch line.
    I had wondered...

  5. #5
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    You're both incorrigible.

    the whole problem
    could have been avoided
    See? You're a consultant, and probably right. It's the small stuff that gets overlooked and creates the biggest headaches and costs small operators the most in lost business. I'm serious when I say that there's a place for experienced commercial beekeepers providing services to start-ups.
    Nobody ruins my day without my permission, and I refuse to grant it...

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