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Preview Day 2019 at the Grape & Wine Conference

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Looking to open a winery? Or have recently opened your winery, cidery or brewery?  Looking to build a network of suppliers and industry friends?  OWPA wants to help ensure your long term success. 

Join us at the 2019 Preview Day for a jam packed sharing of practical information from experts in nearly every field which needs to be considered.  Embassy Suites Hotel, in Dublin [Columbus] February 17, 2019

 Preview Day is coordinated by the OWPA and precedes the annual state's Grape and Wine Conference.  Registration:  $115 for the first person and $40 for the second from the same business.  Lunch is an additional $25 per person.  

Day long workshop will begin at 9:00 am with panels of experts addressing business and marketing considerations to assure success.  Several guest speakers will address the major topics, some information will be addressed via handouts. 

9:00 Meet and Greet

9:30  Business considerations - presentations and handouts

        Permitting--- contact info for TTB and ODLC 

        Ag zoning/Shiners/Tied house

        Benefits and obstacles with sole proprietorships, LLC vs. corporations

        Accountants - considerations before you select

9:45  Finding money -- grants, banks, USDA low interest loans

10:00  Grape growing and sourcing 

10:30 Equipment sourcing

10:45  So you want to make great wine:  VESTA and other considerations

11:00  More business handouts

Estate planning – exit plans – handout and worksheet

Crisis planning – from the OWPA

  11:15  Insurance needs and considerations

  11:40  Package design and quality label decisions

12:30  Lunch

1:30  Social Media and web site usage - legalities and opportunities

1:50  Tasting room and staff training

2:15  When will your wine be ready for prime time?

        Working with distributors;  Considerations regarding retail sales; getting on a restaurant list

3:00  Organizational handouts

WineAmerica – music licensing and excise tax

ODLC:  programs and benefits from the state program

OGIC:  programs under the Department of Agriculture

National conferences:  Eastern Wine Exposition, License to Steal 

         Association benefits and services-

3:10  Writing a marketing plan handout

3:15 Media relations -- social and traditional 

3:55  Resource list handout

4:00  Translating your dream into a viable business -- panel of successful existing wineries 

5:30 -6:30  pm Informal reception – Suppliers ‘speed dating’ session with wine and snacks

Earlier Event: February 16
Ron Yarman Duo ( Live Music)
Later Event: February 17
Valentines Day Dinner