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Spring Update

Bodega Bootcamp + Crain’s Food Summit + 1:1 Consulting & More

The year is off to a great start! From a Bodega Bootcamp for healthy food retailers and other business assistance to sponsoring Crain’s first Food Summit pitch fest this summer, we’re working hard to support Michigan’s good food entrepreneurs. Learn more about financing support & apply today: migoodfoodfund.org/financing

We're hiring! Fund partners are hiring two positions to help lead work with the Michigan Good Food Fund. Check out the job descriptions from Capital Impact Partners and Fair Food Network and help us spread the word.

Here's the latest Fund news:

PITCH YOUR BUSINESS TO A ROOM OF INVESTORS @ CRAIN’S FIRST FOOD SUMMIT—WITH THE CHANCE TO WIN FUND AWARD!

The Fund is excited to be a sponsor of Crain’s inaugural Food Summit Investor Forum! At this August 22 event, 12 food companies will pitch their businesses to a room of investors—with the chance to win a Michigan Good Food Fund Impact Award for the company that is boosting healthy food access in our state. 

The prize? 1:1 consulting support - at a $7,500 value! 

APPLY TODAY 
Inside a small brick building in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit, a plan is hatching—a plan that will bring the building full circle and turn the former Bagley Trumbull Market, which was more liquor store than market, into a year-round farmers market and café. 

Meet the entrepreneurs behind this and other healthy food retail projects & learn about the Fund's recent Bodega Bootcamp. READ

We’re also brewing a Business Bootcamp in Battle Creek, Michigan this fall. Email us info@MIGoodFoodFund.org to learn more.
MORE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
The Fund is here for your business assistance needs. Apply today to inquire about business assistance including 1:1 consulting. And see below for NEW resources and upcoming webinars. 
 
1:1 CONSULTING
(AND HELP US GROW OUR CONSULTING NETWORK!) 

We offer selected entrepreneurs 1:1 support through a network of consultants with the goal of preparing projects for financing. Support ranges from financial management to marketing with the Fund subsidizing a portion of total cost. Apply for business assistance today

Want to join the Fund's Consulting Network? Fill out the application to be a preferred consultant and help us spread the word about this network.
NEW RESOURCES
Funding Sources for Food Related Businesses 
This directory provides an overview of various sources of financing available to food hubs and local food businesses. Developed by Fund partner MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Download
 
2015 National Food Hub Survey Report 
Produced by MSU Center for Regional Food Systems and the Wallace Center at Winrock International, this study tracks nationwide data on food hubs over time. The finding? Food hubs are a viable solution to meet consumer demand for local food. Download

Healthy Food Access: A view of the landscape in Minnesota and lessons learned from Healthy Food Financing Initiatives
Want to learn more about healthy food financing? Check out this new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and Wilder Research, which provides insights for practitioners and others interested in improving food retail environments in Minnesota and beyond. Download
UPCOMING WEBINARS
Iowa’s Food Hub Manager Network

June 15 at 3:00 pm ET
Learn from leaders in Iowa Food Hub Managers Network on how they are developing standard operating procedures for food hubs. Registration required. Sign up

Inventory Management for Meat Marketers
June 22 at 1 pm ET
Inventory management is a key factor in building any meat business. This webinar shares a simple inventory management methodology that ensures you have the right product at the right place at the right time, while also satisfying your bottom line. Registration required. Sign up

Building Viable Meat Sales Programs
July 28 at 1pm ET
Learn how farmers, marketers, and other service providers can develop local meat sales programs that provide safe and healthy food to consumers, protect the environment, and support local communities. Registration required. Sign up
 
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