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The resources below help entrepreneurs get their food, beverage or value-added farm business profitable and raise the money they need to grow.

Farm Financial Management Boot Camp

24 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

Modeled off of FFI's successful Food Business Financial Management Boot Camp, Farm Boot Camp will address situations and scenarios unique to diversified farm businesses....

Farm Financial Management Boot Camp

24 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

Modeled off of FFI's successful Food Business Financial Management Boot Camp, Farm Boot Camp will address situations and scenarios unique to diversified farm businesses....

MVP Series Workshop: Developing a High-Performance Organization

3 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

Learn how to build your business team from the founder’s point of view.

Live Training about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

MVP Series Workshop: Key Legal Considerations and Managing Your Business Risk

3 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

Learn why risk (and risk management) is important to business growth. Businesses without risk are not businesses they are non-profits. In order for businesses to achieve above-average returns requires wisely taking on business risk.

Live Training about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Food Finance Institute Fellows Program

FFI Fellows Program Information Session

30 Minutes – free event by Edible-Alpha®

This quick informational session will provide details about the Fellows Program and give you an opportunity to ask questions.

Webinar about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

MVP Series Workshop: Optimizing Management, Operations, Quality & Food Safety Development

4 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

Learn how to manage your operations to deliver the best quality and maintain FSMA regulatory compliance, while delivering business profitability.

Live Training about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

MVP Series Operations & Organization Planning Workshop Bundle

13 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

These workshops take a deep dive into how to develop a high-performing operation/organization and deliver the best quality at the lowest cost. Registration for this event grants you access to all four Operations & Organization Planning workshops. 

Live Training about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

MVP Series Workshop: Packaging Systems Development & Optimization

3 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

Learn how to optimize your food-focused business's operations and production processes to produce at the lowest cost possible, with the best quality, and within food safety guidelines.

Live Training about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

April 2022 Quarterly Trends Talk

2 hours – free event by Edible-Alpha®

Joining us at the April 2022 Trends Talks is Mimi Bonnett, Senior Director, US Food & Drink & Foodservice Reports at Mintel. Mimi will...

2022 Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Boot Camp

10 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

The VAPG award period is currently open with online applications due April 25th and mail-in applications due May 2nd. If a VAPG is right...

Live Training about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Transform Your Farm Products and Boost Revenue with a VAPG

10 minute read of Free article by Edible-Alpha®

All USDA Local Agricultural Marketing Program (LAMP) grants application periods are now open! For those helping to boost sales of local food the FM/LFPP grant is for you and for farmers looking to grow their value-added income stream the VAPG.

Article about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

MVP Series Workshop: Marketing & Branding Planning

6 hours of Paid training by Edible-Alpha®

This workshop takes a deep dive into your marketing and branding to align, focus, and maximize your brand value.

Live Training about Sales and Marketing for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

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#2 – Why a VAPG Toolkit Read Through?

1 hour 45 minute read of Free resource by Edible-Alpha®

As part of the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant application, Rural Development provides applicants with a “toolkit” to guide them through the working capital or planning process.  This 40+ page toolkit is an excellent way to organize the proposal, but it can be intimidating for first-time writers of federal grants.

Books or Guide about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Raising Equity For Your Food Business Live Online Course

Raising Equity Live Online Course (January/February 2020)

8 hours of Free training/consulting by Edible-Alpha®

The purpose of this training is to help you prepare to raise money, both debt and equity, legally and effectively. Our goals are to 1) Make your business model investment worthy, 2) Start assembling your financial request package, and 3) Develop a game plan for successfully raising both debt and equity.

Live Training about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Raising Equity For Your Food Business Live Online Course

Raising Equity Live Online Course (October 2019)

8 hours of Paid training/consulting by Edible-Alpha®

The purpose of this training is to help you prepare to raise money, both debt and equity, legally and effectively. Our goals are to 1) Make your business model investment worthy, 2) Start assembling your financial request package, and 3) Develop a game plan for successfully raising both debt and equity.

Live Training about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Raising Equity For Your Food Business Live Online Course

Raising Equity Live Online Course (August/September 2019)

8 hours of Paid training/consulting by Edible-Alpha®

The purpose of this training is to help you prepare to raise money, both debt and equity, legally and effectively. Our goals are to 1) Make your business model investment worthy, 2) Start assembling your financial request package, and 3) Develop a game plan for successfully raising both debt and equity.

Live Training about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Funky Fresh Spring Rolls

Food Entrepreneurship and Resilience – A Funky Fresh Take With Trueman McGee

1 hour of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

Funky Fresh Spring Rolls is a company that produces uniquely flavored, hand rolled spring rolls that are baked or grilled (not fried) with fresh and local ingredients. The Funky Fresh team began selling at Farmers Markets, which in addition to providing early cash flow have functioned as market research labs, allowing them to talk directly to consumers.

Podcast about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Food Supply Chain

Building A Defensibly Unique Food Supply Chain

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Building markets and the supply chain relationships necessary to support them requires a long-term vision that aligns consumers, suppliers, funders and their brand. But, if it is properly built and capitalized, it can lead to a defensibly unique business model that allows that food company to be built to last.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

ReGrained

ReGrained, A Business Model For The Long Term And The Planet

1 hour & 10 minutes of Free audio by Edible-Alpha®

ReGrained launched their product at scale in January 2018 after multiple iterations of their product (in the crowded bar category) and now are working with other businesses to help them produce/co-brand new products using their production facility and the expertise embedded in their proprietary process.

Podcast about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Amazon Prime

Food Businesses Need To Pay For Space And Attention, Even on Amazon

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Because the food space is competitive, online and off, emerging food companies have to spend lots of marketing and sales dollars to get consumer attention and trial by paying to have their product in the right place with the right positioning.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling