FBRC

Food Business Resource Center

The Food Business Resource Center - FBRC - one-stop-shop for Washington State food entrepreneurs to access skills, resources, networks, and marketplace opportunities needed to start, run, and grow a successful food-related business.

A program of Business Impact NW, The Food Business Resource Center is proud to work with many partner organization including farmers groups, kitchen incubators, regional food system initiatives, public agencies, eaters, and other businesses throughout Washington State to bring together our robust network.

How You Can Build Your Business With the FBRC

  • Join the Packaged Foods ‘What’s Next’ OnDemand Online course (coming soon)
  • Schedule an appointment with a Food Specialist Business Coach, available to help Washington State food business entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses.
  • Be your best through free monthly food business tool and training webinars
    • Learn More
    • Register
  • Join the Ready to Sell: Small Farm E-Commerce Pilot and get the expertise you need to sell farm products.
  • Take part in the Financial Management Boot Camp for Food Businesses (coming Fall 2020)  - a four-day boot camp created by the Food Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Utilize food business specific resources
  • Connect with food business resource partners and explore marketplace opportunities throughout Washington State.
  • Watch recordings of panel discussions from Food Biz Day, March 7, 2020 - an online conference focused on providing insight, education, and networking for food entrepreneurs.
  • Or, follow the paths below to get access to classes, coaching, or funding for any kind of business, from idea to launch to growth stage.

The Food Business Resource Center - FBRC - is a one-stop-shop for Washington State food entrepreneurs to access skills, resources, networks, and marketplace opportunities needed to start, run, and grow a successful food-related business.

A program of Business Impact NW, The Food Business Resource Center is proud to work with many partner organizations including farmers groups, kitchen incubators, regional food system initiatives, public agencies, eaters, and other businesses throughout Washington State to bring together our robust network.

How You Can Build Your Business With the FBRC

  • Ready to Sell Small Farm E-Commerce Pilot (Piloto para el soporte de comercio electrónico de pequeñas empresas agrícolas listas para vender)
    • Through this pilot, you’ll receive e-commerce training, marketing advice, pricing strategies, logistical planning ideas. You’ll also receive a year of paid basic access to one of the technological platforms used in the pilot (Local Line, Local Food Marketplace, Barn2Door, Google Forms). Thursday, June 4: Applications due 5:00PM PST
    • Mediante este piloto, recibirá capacitación en comercio electrónico, asesoramiento de marketing, estrategias de precios e ideas de planificación logística. También recibirá un año de acceso básico pagado a una de las plataformas tecnológicas usadas en el piloto (Local Line, Local Food Marketplace, Barn2Door, Google Forms). Jueves 4 de junio: Las solicitudes deben presentarse antes de las 5:00 p.m. PST
    • Details/Register Here: Ready to Sell Small Farm E-Commerce Pilot Application
    • Cost: FREE
  • Packaged Foods On-Demand Online Course
    • For entrepreneurs considering moving into the packaged food space or farms looking to develop value-added product(s), this on-demand, self-paced online course will provide a basic overview of the process from concept to market. With case studies, panel interviews, planning tools, and links to additional resources, you will gain valuable insight into what it takes to get started.
    • Details/Register Here: Packaged Foods On-Demand Online Course
    • Cost: FREE
  • Schedule an appointment with a Food Specialist Business Coach, who can help you navigate available resources for Washington State food business entrepreneurs.
  • Be your best through free monthly food business tool and training webinars
    • Learn More
    • Register
  • Take part in the Financial Management Boot Camp for Food Businesses  - a four-day boot camp created by the Food Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Utilize food business specific resources
  • Connect with food business resource partners and explore marketplace opportunities throughout Washington State.
  • Watch recordings of panel discussions from Food Biz Day, March 7, 2020 - an online conference focused on providing insight, education, and networking for food entrepreneurs.
  • Or, follow the paths below to get access to classes, coaching, or funding for any kind of business, from idea to launch to growth stage.

Are you a business support service provider? Check out our Finance Training for Food Business Supporters that offers food business  financial training, specifically for food systems advocates.

Our Goals

  • Provide underserved food entrepreneurs the resources and connection they need to be successful throughout Washington State.
  • Maximize jobs created by and for those businesses
  • Reinforce the growth, profit, and value of each business

WHAT YOU CAN GAIN

  • Business plan and financial projections
  • Funding options
  • Loan packages
  • Skills for profitability
  • Expansion options
  • Specialized resources

Our Goals

  • Provide underserved food entrepreneurs the resources and connection they need to be successful throughout Washington State.
  • Maximize jobs created by and for those businesses
  • Reinforce the growth, profit, and value of each business

What You Can Gain

  • Support in creating a comprehensive business plan and financial projections
  • Understanding of your funding options
  • Help preparing loan packages and presentations for lenders and potential investors
  • Skills to help you manage business profitability
  • Help identifying business expansion options
  • Specialized resources and connections for food specific businesses

Total support. After 27 years in business, I now have the tools with their guidance on how to get my business out there to help so many people!

My counselor was so helpful with my cash-flow spreadsheet and business plan. She is following up with me and had lots of practical tips for small business help.

Good classes for business development at a variety of levels - great resources for entrepreneurs just starting out or those already well on their way.

It was great attending your presentation today. I learned a lot of new ways to look for funding and a new approach at finding funds to grow my business.

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Launch Your Business

From idea, to plan, to business start,
let us help you launch your dream.

Grow Your Business

We work with you to take your
established business to the next level.

We work with you to secure funding
for your business to thrive

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Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Contact fbrc@businessimpactnw.org or call 206.324.4330.

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Washington State Scholarship Sponsor

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Seattle Scholarship Sponsor

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Promotional Partners

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2020 FBRC Sponsor

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FBRC Sustaining Partner

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Business Impact NW Sustaining Sponsors

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