Slow Money Maine’s Ag Technical Assistance Project (TAP)
One of Slow Money Maine’s core activities is to connect food system businesses with the technical assistance (management, production, marketing, etc.) needed to help them be successful. SMM is particularly interested in working with infrastructure businesses such as food processing plants, mills, and distributors whose success will positively impact the wider network of farms and fisheries.
Our network enlists the mentorship of food system professionals with skills and experiences relevant to the businesses that we serve. To date, we have partnered with more than 24 professionals (active, retired, or semi-retired) who have offered mentoring to entrepreneurs, on a pro bono or fee basis, with results that have strengthened operations and provided ongoing personal support to entrepreneurs.
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor to offer services or you are seeking technical assistance, please contact Slow Money Maine Administrator, Kari Luehman at firstname.lastname@example.org or TA Program Coordinator, Linzee Weld at email@example.com
Slow Money Maine is also now collaborating with Fair Food Network and CEI to help match the appropriate technical assistance with a food producer’s needs. The resulting program is the Fair Food Consulting Corps TA Program.
Business Assistance for Good Food Entrepreneurs
Are you a good food entrepreneur that small and mid-size Maine farms with consumers hungry for locally produced food? Could you benefit from targeted business expertise to help you with key issues such as:
- Accounting and financial management
- Business planning
- Food safety compliance
- Marketing and sales
- Operations management
Apply today for business assistance from the Fair Food Consulting Corps!
The Consulting Corps is a Fair Food Fund program that provides one-on-one, targeted assistance to the state’s good food enterprises. Working with partners including Slow Money Maine and CEI, we pair selected enterprises with a consultant who can provide the assistance and tools needed to help your business grow and thrive.
We provide up to $10,000 toward the cost of business assistance for selected participants, and we cover as much as 80 percent of total project cost, making needed services affordable for participating entrepreneurs.
To be eligible for Consulting Corps services, enterprises must:
- Support the long-term financial viability of small and mid-size farms in the Northeastern United States (CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT).
- Be structured as a for-profit or nonprofit enterprise that generates revenue by selling products and/or services.
- Match at least 20% of the cost of consulting services received.
We prioritize applicants that:
- Provide processing and marketing, local-food distribution, or information technology platforms that link the region’s farms with consumers and wholesale customers.
- Plan to seek financing to grow their enterprise in the next 6-12 months. As funding is limited, we also take applicants’ history of support from the Consulting Corps program into account.
In addition to the Fair Food Consulting Corps, the Fair Food Fund also provides financing and other business assistance programs to good food entrepreneurs working to create a more just and sustainable food system in the Northeastern United States.
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Fair Food Fund is a program of Fair Food Network, which pioneers win/win/win solutions that support farmers, strengthen local economies, and increase access to healthy food—