Toolsite Spotlight: A How-To Guide for MarketSizer® and HubSizer® Users

Toolsite Spotlight: A How-To Guide for MarketSizer® and HubSizer® Users

New Venture Advisors launched the MarketSizer® and HubSizer® Toolsite earlier this year to enable anyone to conduct preliminary assessments of various types of food system infrastructure. The results allow users to refine their food business concepts and due diligence plans. The Toolsite has been used by more than 1,000 visitors since March 2018. We surveyed […]

Toolsite Spotlight (6 of 6): The Frozen Processing HubSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (6 of 6): The Frozen Processing HubSizer®

A microblog series on the HubSizer® and MarketSizer® tools from New Venture Advisors Are you a food hub that sees surges from your farmers in broccoli in the summer or beets in the fall? Have you been trying to figure out how to take advantage of a big glut of produce during the growing season […]

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 we’ll show you how to use the Kitchen […]

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 journey that I went through while using this tool: […]

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 excess storage capacity throughout the week. Independent rural grocery stores face […]

From the Warehouse: 5 Lessons I Didn’t Learn in Business School

From the Warehouse: 5 Lessons I Didn’t Learn in Business School

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 husband’s many years in finance and private equity, and our four combined years of business school, […]

Immersive Roadmapping: A Tune-Up for Small Businesses

Immersive Roadmapping: A Tune-Up for Small Businesses

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 ready for prime time, giving them the skills to launch or scale up, […]

Kitchen incubators: is there a recipe for success?

Kitchen incubators: is there a recipe for success?

Ten years ago, the kitchen incubator was a novel concept. Since then, the food landscape has evolved pretty dramatically. We are now flooded with artisan products (or specialty, local, small batch – insert your favorite food movement here!) and have unparalleled access to unique food trucks and food services — and I think we are […]