432 N. Lake Street Madison, WI 53706  608-890-0780

FFI provides rigorous training, resources, tools and mentorship to consultants so they can provide sophisticated financial technical assistance to food, beverage and value-added agriculture businesses.

FFI currently provides two levels of training, reflecting an increasing level of financial sophistication:

Level 1 – 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, 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. View a sample agenda here.

Level 2 – 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. View a sample agenda here.

Both our Level 1 and Level 2 training sessions run two full days. The case studies of business model optimization or financial packaging explored during the training can be tailored to the participants’ unique needs and goals.

Get Recognized and Get More Clients

All participants who successfully complete a training session will receive a certificate of participation from FFI and UW Extension for each training completed. In addition, they will be recognized and honored by being listed on our website and other publications.

View the list of our trainees and certified consultants here.

In addition, participants in FFI trainings can become an FFI Certified Consultant by working with FFI director Tera Johnson to successfully complete a project, like a successful fundraising request, for a food, beverage or value-added agriculture business.

Are You Interested in Future Trainings or Opportunities to Get Certified?