Training Workshops & Speaking Engagements
The exciting changes in America’s food preferences are attracting new local food businesses all along the value chain from farms to distributors to processors to retail and foodservice outlets. This market disruption by innovative new entrants is leaving existing businesses to grapple with how to respond and stay relevant to a consumer increasingly oriented to Good Food.
Our team has a unique combination of skills and experiences to help both new entrants and incumbents who are seeking a role in the Good Food movement. Many of us bring our own entrepreneurial experience to the table, combined with business acumen honed from working with Fortune 100 companies and earning MBAs from the world’s top business schools. Others have urban planning, nonprofit and policy backgrounds, helping us understand the needs of planning organization clients and the systems in which they work.
As we do this work we recognize that our professional experiences are somewhat unique in the Good Food space, and our classical training in strategy, marketing, operations and finance are highly valued and widely needed expertise areas in this nascent but fast-growing industry. Conversely, our knowledge of the motivations and needs driving food system change at the community level are valuable insights to the industrial and institutional organizations from which we hail.
In addition to our rigorous food business consulting projects, we also share our unique expertise and perspective through specialized consulting, training workshops, speaking engagements and open office hours offered regularly for food business entrepreneurs.
We also develop and teach business curricula for The Good Food Accelerator in Chicago, a project of FamilyFarmed, and the Food Hub Management Program, a professional certificate offered by the University of Vermont.
This training is available to our clients in multiple forms including LEAP Workshops focused on strengthening a single aspect of the business, and Immersive Roadmapping with more intensive support and coaching across a broader set of strategic issues.
We have shared our insights with more than 80 live audiences. Topics are customized to the needs of our clients, and have included:
- Public/Private Planning Frameworks
- Consumer Trends & Insights
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Food & Health in the Good Food Space
- Community Organization
- Food Systems Planning Best Practices
- Business Planning Frameworks
- Growth Strategy
- Marketing Strategy
- Sales Planning and Measurement
- Financial Management
- Operations Analysis
- Financing Sources & Strategy
We explore these and many more dimensions of the Good Food space on our blog. To find our posts and white papers, and to see where we’ll be speaking next, visit our blog.