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Economic Gardening As Part Of An Ecosystem

Grants, Loans, Investments…Welcome To The Food Funding Ecosystem!

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

To come up with a realistic strategy for action and growth, food entrepreneurs should make efforts to understand this entrepreneurial ecosystem and whether grants, loans, investments or a combination of capital sources makes sense to fund their growth. Only then can food entrepreneurs plant the seeds for a profitable and sustainable food business.

Article about Raising Capital for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

When Should Food Businesses Go Online

When Your Food Business Should Go Online

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Food businesses should know the role that online sales will play in their revenue stream and in their business model. Consumers are starting to become omnichannel in their food shopping expectations. Like most things in food entrepreneurship, it is best to let your customers lead the way, and if they expect to find you online, go online and conquer.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

Growing Chickens

Why and How To Think About Social Impact Investing In Food

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Because food businesses need to be financially sustainable to achieve their goals, including impact goals, they need to understand their business model and align their efforts behind the model.When speaking to investors, they should to clearly communicate how their business will make money and on what time horizon.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

When Is the Right Time For Your Food Business To Pivot?

How You Know It’s The Right Time To Pivot

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Decisions to pivot should be based on a food business' target consumer's preferences, category growth (or decline) and other general market trends. Many traditional food and beverage companies have been slow to respond to changing consumer preferences, loosing market share and profits in the process.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Creativity In Food Entrepreneurship

Creativity Is Essential To Food Entrepreneurship

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Figuring out the best way to finance food businesses by optimizing their capital structure to reach minimum efficient scale is an undervalued creative exercise. But the myriad of challenges that confront entrepreneurs, from finding the right suppliers, co-packers, distributors, brokers or even the right target customer also demand creativity.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

Focus And Discipline

Focus And Discipline Are Key To Food Business Success

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

Focus is what gives food business owners clarity about their strategy and about the tactics needed to carry it out. Tools like the business model canvascan provide focus and clarity to their business model and the strategic implications of choosing a particular business model path or going after a particular target customer.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Change

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

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

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.

Article about Raising Capital for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Food Entrepreneurs Are Backed By Great Teams

Building The Right Financial Team For Your Food Business

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

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.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Change

Kill Your Darlings: Food and Beverage Business Evolution

10 minute Free read by Edible-Alpha®

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.

Article about Business Models for businesses that are Growing and Scaling

Calculating Your Cash Flow

Cash Flow Basics (For Farmers)

11 minute Free read by Compeer Financial

Tight cash flow can be challenging, even for the most experienced grower. For a beginning farmer, however, a cash flow crunch can quickly become a disaster. An annual cash flow projection is a very useful tool for a farm. You plot out on a month-by-month basis when cash income will be received and when cash expenses will need to be paid.

Article about Operations for businesses that are Pre-Venture | Startups

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