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In-depth training for Food System Advocates

Are you a lender, investor, educator, adviser or food business advocate with a background in food? Would you like help understanding the financial requirements of food businesses? Or maybe you feel comfortable in the world of finance but need to better understand the different realistic business model options available to food entrepreneurs. No matter your situation, we can help provide you with high-quality financial technical assistance training.

Finance Training for Food Business Supporters is a paid four-day workshop for lenders, investors, educators, advisers, consultants & all food business supporters. This training is led by Tera Johnson, Founder and Director of the Food Finance Institute (FFI) at the University of Wisconsin, who is traveling to the Pacific Northwest to offer her class to Washington State food stakeholders. Split into four, seven-hour sessions, the Finance Training for Food Business Supporters is based on FFI's experience helping food companies raise money. Trainings cover the cold, hard numbers of different types of food businesses to help you better understand what does and does not work in the current marketplace.

What's Covered

Upcoming Classes

After attending, you'll be able to:

  • Optimize business model for profitability
  • Develop a realistic financial plan and capital structure to support growth
  • Navigate the process of raising appropriate debt, strategic investments and equity
  • Leverage your network and build a team to support the fundraising process

Finance Training Dates:

***CANCELLATION NOTICE: The Food Business Supporters training has been canceled and will be rescheduled for Fall or Spring (the Food Finance Boot Camp will still be held virtually as scheduled).

Food Business Model Optimization

  • 2-day Training

Financially Packaging a Food Business for Financing

  • 2-day Training

Networking Event (attendance optional):

Join Tera Johnson and area consultants, investors, lenders, and community to talk all things food business.

  • 2-hour Networking

Location: TBD upon reschedule

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Upcoming cohorts:
January 14: Launch & Grow Seattle
January 29: Launch & Grow Auburn
February 11: Launch & Grow Lynnwood
March 16: Launch & Grow Online

If interested in the program, contact
Have a great holiday season!

There are no upcoming events at this time.

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Reserve & Pay for Your Session

The class series fee is $399 for the complete course.  Scholarships and discounts are available, including completion rebates available to all students.  Have a discount code?

Upon payment, a confirmation email will be sent to you immediately. Your course instructor will reach out to you in the days preceding your series with information on making the most out of your class.

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Registration & Payment

Total Class Fee: TBD

FFI also provides training for food business owners to help them grow into strong regional and national brands. More info on the Food Finance Boot Camp here.

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