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Taking Investment in Your Food Business Changes Your Business (And You)

Taking Investment in Your Food Business Changes Your Business (And You)

Food entrepreneurs themselves often feel changed when taking outside investor capital. They feel the weight of the responsibility of paying back those investors with a return. They often work even harder than they were before because others are sharing the risk with them and are emotionally invested in their business as well. Understanding and accepting the responsibility that comes with taking investor money, when taken from the right people at the right time, can allow food entrepreneurs to grow their impact in ways they could not do on their own.

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Both The Results and The Process Matter For Your Food Business

Both The Results and The Process Matter For Your Food Business

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. Good financial staff ground themselves in the truth of writing their assumptions down, seeing if those assumptions were true and learning as a result. Good food entrepreneurs do the same but also ground themselves in the truth of their customers, where they are headed, and thus, where the good business opportunities lie.

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Building The Right Team Financial Team For Your Food Business

Building The Right Team Financial Team For Your Food Business

Behind every great food entrepreneur is a great financial team, whether that team is employed by the business directly or through an outsourcing method. Building that team helps the entrepreneur, management and board make informed decisions and allows the business’ key stakeholders to focus on growing their customer base and strengthening their brand. Ultimately, that is what leads to financial success.

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Kill Your Darlings: Food and Beverage Business Evolution

Kill Your Darlings: Food and Beverage Business Evolution

Some entrepreneurs are uncomfortable with their business idea or product evolving as their business develops. However, most entrepreneurs start out trying to implement one idea, only to get feedback from consumers that the real business opportunity is in a different product, category or maybe even a different business model. As entrepreneurs develop new products and new business models, they are constantly learning what works and what doesn’t through rigorous testing with their target consumer. In this sense, change doesn’t have to mean compromising core values but rather recognizing that there are multiple paths to achieving the business’ goals of profitability and impact.

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Your Place Can Shape Your Business Model Path

Your Place Can Shape Your Business Model Path

We often talk to people about business model “paths” i.e. divergent roads that entrepreneurs can choose to follow to achieve their business goals. Choosing one means saying no to another, at least initially, as each path has different scale requirements and requires different levels and sources of capitalization. Part of that business model path decision […]

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Execution Matters More Than Your Big, Brilliant Idea

Execution Matters More Than Your Big, Brilliant Idea

Welcome to Edible-Alpha™ Insights, our twice-monthly roundup of the best food and beverage finance news, events and resources about business model insights, raising capital, consumer packaged goods (CPG)/national brands, market trends, deals/M&A, and industry events. Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay up to date with the latest industry news, events and resources, […]

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What’s Your Story? Speaking To Your Audiences’ Needs

What’s Your Story? Speaking To Your Audiences’ Needs

Welcome to Edible-Alpha™ Insights, our twice-monthly roundup of the best food and beverage finance news, events and resources about business model insights, raising capital, consumer packaged goods (CPG)/national brands, market trends, deals/M&A, and industry events. Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay up to date with the latest industry news, events and resources, […]

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Define It: Categories In Action

Define It: Categories In Action

Welcome to Edible-Alpha™ Insights, our twice-monthly roundup of the best food and beverage finance news, events and resources about business model insights, raising capital, consumer packaged goods (CPG)/national brands, market trends, deals/M&A, and industry events. Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay up to date with the latest industry news, events and resources, […]

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Innovation in Food Is Different Than Tech

Innovation in Food Is Different Than Tech

Welcome to Edible-Alpha™ Insights, our twice-monthly roundup of the best food and beverage finance news, events and resources about business model insights, raising capital, consumer packaged goods (CPG)/national brands, market trends, deals/M&A, and industry events. Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay up to date with the latest industry news, events and resources, […]

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Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Disrupts Distribution And Presents Opportunities

Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods Disrupts Distribution And Presents Opportunities

Welcome to Edible-Alpha™ Insights, our twice-monthly roundup of the best food and beverage finance news, events and resources about business model insights, raising capital, consumer packaged goods (CPG)/national brands, market trends, deals/M&A, and industry events. Our newsletter is the absolute easiest way to stay up to date with the latest industry news, events and resources, […]

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