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WBD

SBA 504 Loans with Diane Byler of WBD

35 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

An SBA 504 loan is a special product that can only be offered by a Certified Development Company (CDC) like WBD in partnership with a local lender. The 504 loan is designed to help small businesses grow and create jobs by financing fixed assets like real estate and equipment through low, fixed rates and lower down payments (10%).

Podcast about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Food Business Reality Check Ahead

Reality Keeps Your Food Business Grounded

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Being a food entrepreneur is in some ways about balancing empirical reality and a belief in something you cannot see clearly, like where your business will be in 3-5 years. Food entrepreneursshould clearly state their assumptions about the future and test their assumptions constantly, asking the advice of people who they can trust to ground-truth their ideas.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Farmers Building A Brand

Farmers: Let’s Build A Brand!

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Food consumers have been seeking more "premium" experiences from the food they purchase, including better connections with their food and understanding where it comes from. Developing brands for agricultural products can help farmers produce products that earn them a premium and are meeting a real consumer demand.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

True “Disruption” of Food Is Difficult

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Consumer tastes, preferences and expectations around food consumption and distribution are changing. People are demanding more healthy food while also sometimes making the foray into purchasing food items online, mostly non-perishable, potentially hollowing out the center of grocery stores.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

Customers Are Always Right?

The Customer Is Always Right (Or, At Least They Are The Ones Who Pay...

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Food businesses should align their products and branding with their target consumers and should use market research to understand what the marketplace is asking for. Acquiring and keeping customers is what drives successful businesses and customer preferences must be met in order to have a financially viable business.

Article about Sales and Marketing for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

Business Team

Both The Results and The Process Matter For Your Food Business

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Food businesses need both process and results-oriented people and the healthy tension their (sometimes conflicting) orientations create. Both kinds of people seek to understand the financial reality about their business performance.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative

Food Hubs with Tara Roberts-Turner of the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative

55 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

Due to its business model, Wisconsin Food Hub Co-op needed to reach at least $3.3 million in sales to break even. To maintain their margins, they built capacity through adequate staffing and have cheap warehouse space close to their farmers which serves only cooling and aggregation/distribution functions, rather than other forms of value-added processing.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Raising Capital

Outline Of A Funding Request for a Food or Beverage Business

Free template by Edible-Alpha®

The focus of the narrative request for funding is to substantiatehow much of what kind of money the company needs and for what purpose. This should be done after other documentation and should be relatively brief to make it easy for lenders/investors to read. It should supplement other materials present in the financial package, like the pitch deck.
Farm Landscape

Outline of a Farm Business Plan and Funding Request

Free template by Edible-Alpha®

While the sections of this document are similar to a business plan, this is NOT a business plan. Think of all of the contents of a drop box or other online file sharing service as the full business plan. This is a specific ask for money for a specific project. It is important that all of the numbers are the same as the ones in the accompanying Proforma financial statements.

Tool or Template about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

PoSaNa Investor Showcase Presentation

poSaNa Example Investor Pitch Presentation

Free investor pitch example by Edible-Alpha®

poSaNa organics is a manufacturer of best-in-class gluten-free cooking and baking mixes wholesaling to grocers and retailing directly online. This pitch deck is an example of an optimized pitch deck template to successfully raise money and communicate the company's business model.

Tool or Template about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling