Food Biz Week

See You in 2023!

Food Biz Week was hosted live for free from February 22nd - 25th, 2022. This was an opportunity for food and farm businesses at all levels of food production and food retail in the Pacific Northwest to learn from industry experts and fellow experienced colleagues through a curated week of virtual panels, presentations, and networking activities. Food and farm entrepreneurs attend from across the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska).

For 2022, Business Impact NW has partnered with the Prosper Portland, Portland Japan Initiative, the PNW Packaged Food & Beverage Google Group, Sustainable Connections, and Seattle Good Business Network to host Food Biz Week. 

Food Biz Week 2022 Recap

Recordings Coming Soon!  You will be able to view the recordings of each day soon.

 

In February, we hosted panel discussions, presentations, and networking opportunities for food and farm entrepreneurs at all stages with education, insight, and connections to help their businesses launch, grow, and thrive.

Accessibility

  • Speakers will give a visual description of themselves during introductions
  • Automatic Closed Captioning will be made available on the digital platform
  • This event will be hosted in English, with Spanish translation available [Este evento se llevará a cabo en inglés con traducción disponible en español]
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Food Biz Week 2022 Daily Schedule

Day 1

VIRTUAL FARM TO TABLE TRADE MEETING

Tuesday, February 22nd

Essential Links - Upcoming Food Infrastructure Projects to Connect Our Local Food System

How can we help local restaurants and even institutions source meat more locally at the scale they need? How can we preserve the harvest to make sure we can source from local farms year-round?

Networking

This is a highlight of the Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting each year! Adapted for digital meeting space, our meetups will use Zoom breakout rooms to maximize the buyer and producer connections. Past attendees reported an average of 6 new sales connections as a result of the event, and the Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting in total has generated more than $500,000 in new sales each year.

Wholesale Opportunities for Local Producers

A consistent barrier many food buyers have in sourcing locally, whether it's a restaurant, a grocer, or an institution, is a lack of information about what producers are out there and what they are selling.

Day 2

Farm Businesses

Wednesday, February 23rd

Farm Deep Dive Session 1

Getting Started, Scaling Up, and Innovating: A panel exploring various options and support for farm businesses that are looking to get started, looking to scale, or looking to innovate. With Emily Tzeng of Local Color Farm and Fiber and Ellen Scheffer and Ashley Wilson of Frisky Girl Farm.

Farm Deep Dive Session 2

Getting Started, Scaling Up, and Innovating: A panel exploring various options and support for farm businesses that are looking to get started, looking to scale, or looking to innovate. With Michelle Week of Good Rain Farm and Bil Thorn of Sky Island Farm.

Launch and Grow Your Farm Business

In this virtual resource roundtable, you will hear from and connect with resources that can help you start or scale your farm business. Hear about market opportunities, accessing land, accessing capital, technical assistance, and more!

 

Day 3

PACKAGED FOOD/VALUE-ADD BUSINESSES

Thursday, February 24th

9:00 - 10:15 AM - Packaged Food Business Deep Dive 1

Getting Started, Scaling Up, and Innovating: A panel exploring various options and support for packaged food businesses that are looking to get started, looking to scale, or looking to innovate. With Alessandra Gordon of Ayako & Family and Jeanette Macias of Seeking Kombucha.

Packaged Food Business Deep Dive 2 -

Getting Started, Scaling Up, and Innovating: A panel exploring various options and support for packaged food businesses that are looking to get started, looking to scale, or looking to innovate. With Nikki Guerrero of Hot Mama Salsa and Wassef Haroun of mamnoon fine foods and nadi mama.

Business Resources Panel - Resources and Opportunities to Launch and Grow Your Packaged Food or Value-Add Business

In this virtual resource roundtable, you will hear from and connect with resources that can help you start or scale your packaged food or value-add business. Hear about market opportunities, key infrastructure needs, accessing capital, technical assistance, networking channels, and more!

Day 4

FOODSERVICE BUSINESSES

Friday, February 25th

Foodservice Business Deep Dive 1

Getting Started, Scaling Up, and Innovating: A panel exploring various options and support for foodservice businesses that are looking to get started, looking to scale, or looking to innovate. With Zachary & Seth Pacleb of Brothers & Co. and Emily Kim of The Pastry Project.

Foodservice Business Deep Dive 2

Getting Started, Scaling Up, and Innovating: A panel exploring various options and support for foodservice businesses that are looking to get started, looking to scale, or looking to innovate. With Efrem Fesaha of Boon Boona Coffee and Mark Lopez of Crave Catering & Gather and Feast Farm.

Launch and Grow Your Foodservice Business

In this virtual resource roundtable, you will hear from and connect with resources that can help you start or scale your foodservice business. Hear about market opportunities, key infrastructure needs, accessing capital, technical assistance, networking channels, and more!

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2022 Food Biz Week Event Sponsor

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2022 Food Biz Week Event Partners

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Sustaining Partners

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Interested in being an Event Sponsor? View our Sponsor Guides or contact development@businessimpactnw.org

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