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Inventory Basics for Meat and Livestock Operations

February 16 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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Join us for a free webinar!

Oh, inventory – the bane of many a small business, especially daunting when hawking meat. Why is it important? What kind of operations systems do you need to manage inventory well? How (and what) should you count? How do you set up a system that isn’t time-consuming or cost prohibitive, that you will actually use? What are you looking for when you see the numbers anyway? And how do you know when you need a fancy software system?

Join educators Olivia Tincani (SWGLA) & Mariam Furmanau (Bernoulli Finance) for this webinar, which will walk through the whys, whats, hows, and now whats of managing inventory, with a specific focus on time- and money-constrained small/mid-sized businesses. We will connect the dots between the two tax & accounting workshops to revisit how your inventory systems intersect your accounting methods. We will review physical systems for fresh and frozen inventory, and potential solutions — everything from clipboards to external customized software systems — and dive into understanding your necessary level of complexity.

This event is developed by the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance, with support from the Quivira Coalition. And thanks to Mad Agriculture for support of these workshops as part of the Conservation Collaboration Grant.


Olivia Tincani is a food and agriculture business consultant and educator with 20 years of experience in the field. Olivia Tincani & Co. provides business, financial and strategic planning and technical assistance for small-scale independent farms, ranches, food businesses, and the institutions that service them. She has specific expertise in entrepreneurial empowerment for farmers and ranchers, program and curriculum design, whole animal supply chains, livestock businesses, and community building. An ambitious spirit infuses her teaching and consulting work, inspired by her personal entrepreneurial endeavors. She currently designs and executes food and farm business training programming for the Southwest Grassfed Livestock Alliance, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Ecotrust, Fibershed, Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest Incubator, and the Grazing School of the West. Past projects include work with venerated organizations such as Glynwood and Pie Ranch, alongside independent coaching for a roster of small and mid-scale sustainable farms. She served as a Business Strategist and Communications Director for 8 years for Rancho Llano Seco in Chico, CA. She has deep history in food business operations as the co-founder of food service management company Just Fare, Farm 255 and Farm Burger, landmark restaurant enterprises with jointly-operated vegetable and pasture-based livestock farms in the southeast. She is on the Advisory Boards of the National Farm Viability Conference and Bernoulli Finance, and was a founding Board member of Kitchen Table Advisors. Olivia splits time between Sonoma County (CA) and her husband’s family farm and winery in the Valtènesi region of Italy, with her hands in the dirt and her skin in the game.
Mariam Furmanau is a lover of bees, a systems nerd, and a tinkerer with extensive experience in small business operations. Mariam is currently a Principal at Bernoulli Finance, a financial services provider to mission-positive businesses, where she helps emerging companies streamline, organize, and make their operations more efficient in order to confidently and successfully make the leap to the next level.
Mariam’s previous positions include a variation on Director of Operations at a number of start-ups in a wide range of industries: high fashion, telecommunications, meal delivery, health & wellness, and design. Her experience spans all aspects of e-commerce from platform setup and product development to fulfillment and customer service as well as a number of key financial ops elements such as inventory management tools, on/offline selling platforms, payroll and HR management solutions.
Mariam holds a BA in Management Information Systems and an MBA in International Business and Operations from Texas A&M University. She speaks Russian and English, has a pretty decent tourist French and is currently trying to pick up Japanese by way of watching Hayao Miyazaki cartoons with her son.

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February 16
9:30 am - 11:00 am


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