FFI provides rigorous training, resources, tools and mentorship to prepare technical assistance providers to help food, beverage and value-added agriculture businesses around the country optimize their business models and raise the money they need to grow.
FFI currently provides two levels of training, reflecting an increasing level of financial sophistication:
Level One – Business Model Optimization
Our Level 1 training provides an in-depth look what food, beverage and value-added farm businesses need to do to optimize their business model and capital structure for profitability. This includes a discussion of current market trends in the sector, the basics of conducting market research, discussion of various business models in food (and their accompanying metrics/capital structure) as well as in-depth case studies of business model optimization with one or more of the business models presented. Training sessions usually run two full days but can sometimes be abbreviated to accommodate participants’ scheduling needs. The case studies of business models explored during the training can also be tailored to the participants’ needs. View a sample agenda here.
Level Two – Financial Packaging
Our Level 2 training builds on Level 1 by helping participants navigate the process of raising appropriate debt, strategic investments, and equity investments in food, beverage, and value-added farm businesses. This includes a discussion of the legal, financial and governance prerequisites to and implications of raising equity. Level 2 also outlines a process of putting financial packages together to raise money, including case studies relating to specific funding requests for specific business models. We also help participants act as a “coach” that leverages the strengths of the entrepreneurs they work with, their network and other resources in their community to support the fundraising process. Training sessions usually run two full days but can sometimes be abbreviated to accommodate participants’ schedules. The case studies of financial packaging explored during the training can also be tailored to the participants’ needs. View a sample agenda here.