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A Week of Growth and Connection In the Food Business Industry

In the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Food Biz Week 2024, brought exciting opportunities to highlight and honor entrepreneurs in the food business industry. Celebrating the extraordinary partnerships with businesses and hosted by the FBRC (Food Business Resource Center) Program, our annual event was a platform for enhancing knowledge and networking for food-related businesses of all levels in the regional area.

Food Business Resource Center- Helping Food-Based Businesses Thrive

Business Impact NW’s program, Food Business Resource Center (FBRC), is a one-stop shop for Washington and Oregon food & farm entrepreneurs.  The FBRC is proud to work with many partner organizations including farmer groups, commercial kitchens, regional food system initiatives, public agencies, eateries, and other businesses. Offering skills-based training, one-on-one coaching, business planning, referrals to resource partners, and so much more, FBRC’s goal is to provide underserved food entrepreneurs with the resources and connections they need to be successful.

Food Biz Week 2024                

This annual event, starting February 20th and going through February 22nd, consisted of a week of free-to-attend webinars that included virtual interviews and panels of local businesses, as well as two networking events, hosted in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Local businesses included: Three Sisters Nixtamal, Re

pública & Company, Goat & Seed Family Farm, Xinca Foods, Snowgrass Farm, Brimmer & Heel Tap, and OHSUN Bachan Deli & Café. Entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey were treated to a wealth of valuable information, as well as a unique opportunity to connect with each other, the FBRC Team, and local food and farm resource partners.

We are very pleased to announce that we are keeping our free webinars open for on-demand viewing through the rest of the month, to extend opportunities to those who may have not had the chance to sign up. To increase accessibility for all participants, our business panels include audio and video descriptions.

“Food Biz Week’s Seattle networking event was great! Through this event, we were able to inform some local business about our Impact Pitch Event and get them signed up!”

Three Sisters Nixtamal

A food-based business for over 10 years, Three Sisters Nixtamal is a Portland based business, that sells freshly ground Masa, Yellow and Blue Corn Tortillas, and Enchiladas Potosinas. Three Sisters partnered with the FBRC to give a testimony on their business journey, from inception to success. Co-Owner of Three Sisters Nixtamal, Pedro Ferbe- Azcárate states, “If you’re creating a product that you love, you have to keep doing it, fiercely…” when discussing what advice he has for new business owners. He goes on to state that he encourages new business owners to market their products by focusing on small stores, demos, and customer feedback and interaction. Three Sisters Nixtamal is currently available for purchase at New Seasons, Whole Foods in Portland and Seattle, and multiple co-ops and specialty markets within the Pacific Northwest.

OHSUN Banchan & Deli Café

Inspired by her Halmoni, Sara Upshaw, a Seattle-based food blogger, cookbook author, and restaurateur, Sara opened OHSUN, named after her grandmother. Leaving a marketing career and making the jump into the food business, Sara describes her journey to share love through food. Service is of the utmost importance, and when it comes to OHSUN and the legacy, Sara enjoys being able to provide great food and great customer service.  When advising new business owners, Sara focuses on the importance of planning and personal readiness. She states, “If you want to start a business, you can start doing things now without spending money.  Think about cash flow, projections, writing a business plan, talk to others about what you need, and gather the information. “Sarah additionally advises to get in the mindset of a business owner and highlighting preparation as a major key to success.

The Power of Community

Food Biz Week 2024 was a tremendous success. As a testament to empowering entrepreneurs and partnerships, the collaboration that came from the multiple business owners, the attendees, and the FBRC created a vital resource for food-based business owners. Spearheading with a vibrant and supportive environment, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and resource partners all came together to facilitate learning and growth.

With nearly 300 people signed up to attend either webinars, networking events, or both, the information gained, and connections made will continue to inspire and drive success. With its commitment to empowering food and farm enterprises, while supporting marginalized communities, the FRBC will continue to be an integral part of shaping the future of food-based industries.

Webinars Available On-Demand

Webinars will continue to be available through February 29th for on-demand viewing. Please click here to register.

About the author

Emma Seymour is an experienced and accomplished Communications and Public Relations professional. A masterful storyteller, she excels at building relationships, curating compelling content, and crafting impactful narratives.

Alongside her professional accomplishments, Emma also dedicates herself to advocating for veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses as a military spouse herself and former small business owner. She has been privileged to deliver keynote speeches and participate in speaking engagements that address workforce development, military initiatives, and childhood trauma. Emma cherishes her role as a mother to four incredible children and finds solace in hiking and road trips with her family and pets.

2 thoughts on “A Week of Growth and Connection In the Food Business Industry

  1. financial advice - February 25, 2024

    great points altogether, you just gained a new reader.
    What would you suggest about your post that you made some
    days ago? Any positive?

    1. Emma Seymour - February 27, 2024

      Hi, thank you, and we are thrilled to have you as a new reader. For financial advice, when starting or preparing to start a new business, we would suggest contacting our Loan Readiness Center. While we have many programs that could fit your unique business, the following link, https://businessimpactnw.org/loan/business-loan-training/ may provide a good place to start. Have a great day!

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