Toolsite Spotlight (5 of 6): The Kitchen Facility HubSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (5 of 6): The Kitchen Facility HubSizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. Do you own or have access to an entire building, space or business and want to convert it into a commercial kitchen or food business incubator but are not sure where to start? Today...

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Toolsite Spotlight (4 of 6): The Produce Facility Hubsizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (4 of 6): The Produce Facility Hubsizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. Over the past few weeks we’ve explored how to analyze a market for local food with the Local Food MarketSizer® tool; investigated how to turn a grocery store into a food hub with the...

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Toolsite Spotlight (3 of 6): The Local Produce HubSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (3 of 6): The Local Produce HubSizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. This week we’re looking into how to use the Local Produce HubSizer® tool to estimate the economics and potential markets of a produce food hub. For this post, we’ll take you on the...

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Toolsite Spotlight (2 of 6): The Rural Grocery HubSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (2 of 6): The Rural Grocery HubSizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors. This week we’re digging into how to use the Rural Grocery HubSizer® tool. This tool was designed for an owner and/or operator of an independent grocery store that has at least some...

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Toolsite Spotlight (1 of 6): The Local Food MarketSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (1 of 6): The Local Food MarketSizer®

We are so excited about the launch of the NVA Toolsite and to get these tools into the hands of food system professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs, store owners and all of the hard working planners out there! Over the next six weeks, this NVA Toolsite Spotlight...

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6 New Tools for Food System Planners

6 New Tools for Food System Planners

We are so excited about the launch of the NVA Toolsite and to get these tools into the hands of food system professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs, store owners and all of the hard working planners out there! Over the next six weeks, this NVA Toolsite Spotlight...

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Good Food Glossary: What is (and isn’t) a Food Hub?

Good Food Glossary: What is (and isn’t) a Food Hub?

Over the last nine years New Venture Advisors has had the privilege of participating in over 60 food systems studies ranging from feasibility studies to market assessments, business plans and strategic business improvement plans. They have ranged in focus from local...

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Reflections on Leadership and Human Flourishing

Reflections on Leadership and Human Flourishing

Anyone reading the food news these days would think that Big Food is dead. In recent years, analysts have been alert to the trends, publishing excellent reports such as Is Big Food In Trouble? (A.T. Kearney/The Hartman Group, 2016), Invasion of the bottle snatchers:...

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14 Favorite Good Food Books & Films

14 Favorite Good Food Books & Films

Two years ago my husband and I became the co-owners of EcoEnclose, a business that manufactures and distributes sustainable shipping solutions to eco-focused ecommerce businesses. Through my many years as a management consultant and then a food entrepreneur, my...

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Small to Medium Sized Miracles: Food Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Small to Medium Sized Miracles: Food Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

We set out to curate a list of books that might comprise the canon of literature of the good food movement. But we quickly realized that the vastness of the issues and range of viewpoints would make it almost impossible to settle on a shortlist. So instead we decided...

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Sowing the Seeds of Capitalism in Cuba

Sowing the Seeds of Capitalism in Cuba

Anyone who has attempted to launch a food business knows how difficult it can be. Whether it’s raising capital, finding and retaining talent, balancing a side hustle with a full time job or finding reliable co-packers, we hear lots of stories from entrepreneurs that...

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10 Books That Inspired Us This Year

10 Books That Inspired Us This Year

Communities around the globe are grappling with the consequences of climate change and working to come up with strategies aimed at mitigating its effects and building local climate resilience. As a Californian, I have experienced firsthand weather patterns that are...

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Immersive Roadmapping: A Tune-Up for Small Businesses

Immersive Roadmapping: A Tune-Up for Small Businesses

We, like everyone, now read most of our news, research, opinions and ideas online—through articles, blogs, social media posts, and digital debates. But we find that reading a good old fashioned book (yes, even when it’s read on a tablet!) is when we truly become...

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When to Leap and When to Learn

When to Leap and When to Learn

Last month, New Venture Advisors had the opportunity to coach twelve fellows of the Good Food Business Accelerator for a full day session. What an incredible program and inspiring group of entrepreneurs! The Good Food Business Accelerator gets farm and food businesses...

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6 Insights from a New York State Grain Hub Study

6 Insights from a New York State Grain Hub Study

We are so excited about the launch of the NVA Toolsite and to get these tools into the hands of food system professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs, store owners and all of the hard working planners out there! Over the next six weeks, this NVA Toolsite Spotlight...

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Rural Grocery Food Hubs: Our Findings, the Future and a Widget

Rural Grocery Food Hubs: Our Findings, the Future and a Widget

Over the last nine years New Venture Advisors has had the privilege of participating in over 60 food systems studies ranging from feasibility studies to market assessments, business plans and strategic business improvement plans. They have ranged in focus from local...

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Toolsite Spotlight (5 of 6): The Kitchen Facility HubSizer®

Kitchen incubators: is there a recipe for success?

We set out to curate a list of books that might comprise the canon of literature of the good food movement. But we quickly realized that the vastness of the issues and range of viewpoints would make it almost impossible to settle on a shortlist. So instead we decided...

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Frozen Local is Heating Up: Is it Worth It? Part II

Frozen Local is Heating Up: Is it Worth It? Part II

Over the last nine years New Venture Advisors has had the privilege of participating in over 60 food systems studies ranging from feasibility studies to market assessments, business plans and strategic business improvement plans. They have ranged in focus from local...

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Frozen Local is Heating Up: Is it Worth It? Part I

Frozen Local is Heating Up: Is it Worth It? Part I

A lot has happened since we first explored the idea of a rural grocery store housing a local food hub, almost two years ago! The concept is one we continue to be excited about and see tremendous potential in. A quick refresher: Independent rural grocery stores are...

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