New Resources to Support Small Business

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a training curriculum for new and aspiring business owners: Money Smart for Small Business. FDIC and SBA will also form a Training Alliance for organizations that support small businesses through training, technical assistance, and/or mentoring.

http://www.sba.gov/about-sba-services/7367/140391

Connecting Corporate Supply Chains with Small Business to Diversify and Innovate

Supplier Connection, a free online portal created by the IBM Foundation and part of the Obama Administration’s American Supplier Initiative, helps connect small businesses to private sector supply chains.  It aims to address four key challenge areas for small businesses: access to mentorship and counseling services, increased market and revenue opportunities, ready sources of capital to fund their growth, and a highly skilled workforce.

https://www.supplier-connection.net/SupplierConnection/index.html

Healthy Foods Here Produce Guide and Merchandising Tips

The goal of the Healthy Foods Project Project, which is a collaboration between King County Public Health Department and the Seattle Office of Economic Development, is to make healthy food available in the county by supporting local businesses and providing resources on healthy foods. Some of the resources on the website include merchandising tips to help retailers sell healthy foods, a produce manual that provides basic care information on over 50 types of produce. Their resource guides for produce store owners are currently available in English, Spanish, Somali and Korean.

https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/skt8/14501/101408

PolicyLink

PolicyLink provides resources such as webinars, case-studies, and toolkits on food access issues, including those specifically in communities of color, and includes resources that focus on the links between obesity and the environment, and healthy food retail models. 

http://www.policylink.org

 

Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)

PHLP’s document library covers a range of topics related to food access; including healthy planning, farmers markets, healthy retail, childhood obesity, economic development, joint use agreements, mobile vending and produce carts, legislation, menu labeling and redevelopment.

http://www.nplanonline.org/nplan/document-library

SCORE

SCORE is a nonprofit association, supported by the Small Business Administration, which mentors small businesses. The program links small business owners with volunteer experts in their local community that provide technical assistance in a variety of areas such as starting a business, management, government contracting, technology and sales. Score has over 13,000 metors in 500 industries across the country.

http://www.score.org/

Ecotrust

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

http://www.ecotrust.org/foodfarms/

Community Food Enterprise

Wallace Center and BALLE International highlight case studies of community food enterprises –locally owned food businesses – from across the globe. These case studies focus on the enterprise strategies used to gain competitiveness, outline major challenges and solutions to overcome those challenges, ask how the enterprises meet the triple bottom lines of 'profit, people, and planet,' and address how replicable their business models are.

http://www.communityfoodenterprise.org/

Regional Food Hubs: Understanding the Scope and Scale of Food Hub Operations

This presentation presents findings from interviews conducted with the help of the Food Hub Tactical Team which is comprised of the Wallace Center, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service, Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Service, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Economic Research Service and Agricultural Research Service. The Food Hub Tactical Team looks at how to develop viable local and regional food systems by conducting interviews with food hubs, identifies the core components of a food hub, and offers examples of models from across the country.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5090409

Breaking Down Market Barriers for Small and Mid-Sized Organic Growers

USDA Agriculture Marketing Service and the California Institute for Rural Studies present a background on organic marketing, findings on marketing challenges, and provides resources on marketing to wholesale, retail, and institutional buyers and directly to consumers.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5081306&acct=wdmgeninfo

Guide To Marketing Channel Selection

This guide on “How to Sell through Wholesale and Direct Marketing Channels” comes from Cornell University’s Tomkins County Cooperative Extension and provides information on successful marketing to small to medium sized fruit and vegetable growers. Topics covered include marketing channel combinations, wholesale buyer expectations, post-harvest handling and tips for building successful relationships with grocery stores and food retailers.

http://ccetompkins.org/sites/all/files/63/guide-to-marketing-channels.pdf

Food Access and Food Security – An Empirical Analysis

This report, written by Alessandro Bonanno and Jing Li from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, analyzes the effect that access to different types of food outlets have on household food insecurity levels.

http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/bitstream/103218/2/Bonanno%20and%20LI_FAnFI_AAEA.pdf

Rural Grocery Stores: Importance and Challenges and Ownership Models that Work

The role of grocery stores in rural communities is discussed in a set of reports from John Bailey, Director the Center for Rural Affairs. The first report, Rural Grocery Stores: Importance and Challenges 2010 discusses the cause and effect that disappearing grocery stores have on rural areas and the six major challenges facing grocery store owners. The second report, Rural Grocery Stores: Ownership Models that Work for Rural Communities identifies the four primary models for ownership of grocery stores in rural communities.