> February 21 - March 22, 2017: Financial Fundamentals for Food Hubs Webinar Series

There is great power in properly maintained and used financial records. This webinar series is key to unlocking that power. 

Basic book keeping and financial management acumen is necessary to recognize patterns and key ratios that enable food hub operators to make smarter, more effective operational decisions. Participants in this beginner-friendly, multi-part financial webinar series, led by representatives from Farm Credit, will learn how to effectively manage, format and attribute financial reports, including the common chart of accounts, balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and cash flow statements. Using examples gleaned from Farm Credit’s extensive experience, this series explores the theory and practice of financial record keeping as applied to effective food business management. 

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> July 28, 2016: Before You Leap: Hidden Implications of Food Hub Business Growth

As food hubs strive to reach volumes which enable financial viability, they will often need to innovate - to take chances on new markets, products and approaches.

This webinar presents three "roads not yet taken" that your hub or a hub you work with may encounter. Each road has the possibility of great success, but has potholes to avoid (some big enough to lose the whole business in).

Tera Johnson is successful food entrepreneur and university lecturer who founded the Food Finance Institute at University of Wisconsin. She will take you on a journey through these three archetypal hub business decision points, and advise how to manage for success. Drawing from her own experience, as well as premier industry data, Tera will present a big picture view of: adding a frozen product line, adding a new distribution channel, and taking on a very large customer.

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> June 16, 2016: Nonstop: Two Approaches to Direct Store Delivery to Retail

One of the many consumer interests in local food is that without having to travel 1000s of miles, local food can be fresher. To get food fastest from field to retail some operations are now removing a stop at an aggregation/distribution facility - farms are taking their product directly to the retail stores. 

This webinar presents two approaches to solving this complicated logistical puzzle. One program is managed by a food hub, working with a retailer with whom they have built a strong relationship. The other program is managed by the retail chain itself. 

You'll learn many of the details of these projects, including each company's thinking about if Direct Store Delivery (DSD) is worth the complexity. You will also learn some of the challenges that these programs have overcome, and some that still remain.

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