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Specialized training to optimize growth, resilience for Wisconsin’s food and beverage businesses

Specialized training to optimize growth, resilience for Wisconsin’s food and beverage businesses

A pilot program to advance the state’s small food and beverage businesses is launching this month with support from a $100,000 federal grant. Financial management boot camps and customized consulting for food manufacturing companies and entrepreneurs will be provided by the Food Finance Institute (FFI) and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC). Both programs are part of the University of Wisconsin System Administration’s Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship.

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2018 Year In Review

2018 Year In Review

Our mission at the Food Finance Institute is to make sophisticated financial technical assistance available to every growing food, beverage and value-added agriculture enterprise. Like 2017, 2018 was a busy year in achieving that mission, and here is what we are proud to have accomplished this year: Our Network Of Trained Consultants Keeps Getting Bigger [...] Continue Reading
2017 Year In Review

2017 Year In Review

2017 was a busy year in achieving our mission of making sophisticated financial technical assistance available to every growing food, beverage and value-added agriculture enterprise: 61 Consultants and Financial Professionals Trained. 11 Urban Farmers Attending our Urban Farming Is a Business Training and 12 Food Hub Managers Attended our Food Hub Financial Management Boot Camp. 9000+ Edible-Alpha® Podcast Downloads of 23 podcasts episodes and 200 subscribers to our Edible-Alpha® Insights newsletter. Countless other events and partnerships with the Nutrition Capital Network, FaB Wisconsin, Expo West and East, Georgetown’s Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI), and more…

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Tera Johnson receives Chancellor’s Wisconsin Idea Award

Tera Johnson receives Chancellor’s Wisconsin Idea Award

MADISON – Tera Johnson, founder of the Food Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Division for Business & Entrepreneurship, was honored Sept. 21 with the 2017 Wisconsin Idea Award from UW Colleges and UW-Extension. The annual Chancellor’s Awards (see full list of winners) recognize partners, supporters and employees for their outstanding contributions to the […]

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Change Food Fest Viewing Party

Change Food Fest Viewing Party

Tera Johnson, Director of the Food Finance Institute, gave a great talk at the 2016 Change Food Fest about the profitability transformation of food businesses and how that can allow entrepreneurs to create extraordinary change in the world.  You can view the talk in its entirety on Change Food’s YouTube Channel: Thanks to everyone who […]

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Introducing the Edible-Alpha® Podcast

Introducing the Edible-Alpha® Podcast

The Food Finance Institute and Edible-Alpha® are launching the Edible-Alpha® podcast! Edible-Alpha® is a digital resource hub providing people with actionable insights, training, resources and tools so they can build and fund the next generation of profitable food, beverage and value-added farm businesses. There are, unfortunately, many bad business ideas being circulated on the internet. And right now there is a huge gap online in reliable, actionable resources around food and beverage profitability. That’s why we only collaborate with people working in the trenches to build and fund profitable food businesses, including consultants, lenders, investors and entrepreneurs to develop and curate content for Edible-Alpha®.

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