Small Business Incubator
The Small Business Incubator exists as an initiative of the Office of Faith, Work and Economics at Asbury Seminary. Applicants learn firsthand how to bring their Christian witness into a very tangible marketplace economy while earning income to support their studies. All around the world, Creation Care is becoming a theological, financial, and public relations priority. Be part of the cutting edge by applying to become part of the Small Business Incubator Cohort today!
Some of the benefits for participants follow:
|Learn||how to grow food to sell at two local farmers’ markets||Receive||coaching in gardening and small business/income generating skills (one coach per semester)|
|how to plan a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program||one field trip each semester|
|to better understand and relate to the business people in your home church||$300 start-up funds|
|organic growing principles||sales income|
|good nutrition for good health|
|Experience||firsthand knowledge of God’s universal law of sowing and reaping||Share||the experience with your family|
|a heuristic educational approach to integrating faith, work, and economics||the knowledge with your children of the value of hard work|
|a business-as-ministry model||the formational character-building joy of laboring together|
|a close-knit cohort of 10 students yearly||100% organic, healthy food, growing tips, recipes, and meals|
|multi-cultural community building|
|a growing sense of interdependence|
What Is Expected
Nothing is successful without first planning, hard work, attention to detail, and practicing self-discipline and patience. The wonder of seed germination, the satisfaction of helping plants grow and yield fruit, and the joy of successfully marketing the food for profit all balance the hard work of the field. As the students and their families labor together, lessons arise from all around about faith, work, and economics, which benefit the body of Christ and our mission.
|10 large raised-bed plots (4′ wide x 24′ long) rented at low-cost ($60/year) to the cohort||4 beehives|
|Possibility for drip irrigation system||Field space|
|Tool shed||Chicken shelter/run|
|Walking path||Up to $300/year/applicant start-up funds|
Ready to Start Your Business?
This experience overflows with life and community. Share food from the garden with each other, growing tips, recipes, take responsibility for looking after one another’s plots, and perhaps cook together. Friendships will be formed, leading to more acceptance and belonging – crucial in a diverse community. International students have the unique opportunity to grow their own culture-specific vegetables and all students will benefit from the reduced stress and improved mental health they and their families experience from eating the healthiest food possible.
Be a part of beautifying and enriching your community while enhancing your own sense of identity. Join the Small Business Incubator Cohort today!