Food Systems Business Development Consulting Services

Food Systems Business Development Consulting Services

 

As part of our Food Systems work, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is offering FREE business development services to a select number of farms and food businesses in North and South Carolina.

These services may include:

  • Feasibility Assessment
  • Business Planning/Development
  • Legal Structure Guidance
  • Capital Identification/Development
  • Market Channel Development
  • Product Sourcing

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

In order to receive business development services assistance from CFSA, you MUST:

  • Be a current CFSA farm or business member (or become a member upon notification of services award)
  • Include 3 personal references with your application—one must be from a current CFSA member
  • Your food business project MUST have the following:
    • Farmer engagement and support
    • Source raw products from sustainable producers in North and/or South Carolina
    • An outline for project development or for your business plan
    • At least one identified source of capital investment or funding
    • A vision for becoming a self-sustaining business within 3 to 5 years
  • Special consideration will be give to food business projects that:
    • Focus on infrastructure and supply-chain development in the Carolinas and beyond
    • Support certified organic producers
    • Include sustainable or certified organic producers on advisory councils, boards and/or as co-owners

 

TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

If you meet the eligibility requirements, we urge you to submit an application for Food Systems Business Development Consulting Services.

 

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Any documents referenced in the application should be submitted by email to Thomas Moore (for North Carolina projects) or to Stephen Nix (for South Carolina projects).

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (.pdf)

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES MOU EXAMPLE (.pdf)

 

QUESTIONS?

In South Carolina:
Email Stephen Nix, SC Food Systems Coordinator or call 919-542-2402

Applicants in North Carolina:
Email Thomas Moore, NC Food Systems Coordinator or call 704-795-3172

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