Resources for Small Business Centers and Small Business Technology Development Centers
On March 15, NCGT sponsored a Food & Farm Financing Summit for nearly 70 Small Business Center (SBC) counselors from across the state. The session included short presentations from six Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and lending agencies in North Carolina that offer specialized programs in food and farm financing. The highlight of the session was speed-networking between the lenders and business counselors.
Participating lenders included AgCarolina Farm Credit , Carolina Small Business Development Fund , Natural Capital Investment Fund , North Carolina Rural Center ‘s Microenterprise Loan Program and USDA Farm Service Agency Loan Program, and Self-Help Credit Union .
The session was part of the annual professional development conference for the North Carolina Small Business Center Network, hosted at North Carolina’s 58 community colleges statewide.
The Farm and Food Business Resource Guide: Developed for the North Carolina Small Business Center and Small Business Technology Development Center Networks was designed to help small business developers across North Carolina who are working with food entrepreneurs and farms. It provides an overview of common issues and associated resources, as well as a guide to North Carolina Cooperative Extension and agricultural resources and an overview of grants, financing, and other capital programs that support farmers and food businesses.
NCGT has conducted eight postharvest handling workshops over the past 3 years, reaching more than 150 producers and extension agents. Resources developed for these workshops are available on the NCGT website, and are intended to support extension agents and others in holding their own postharvest handling workshops.
Postharvest Handling for Enhanced Shelf Life: This PowerPoint presentation can be used by Extension agents and others who host postharvest handling workshops for farmers in their local region.
This guide outlines the processes needed to host a successful postharvest handling workshop, as well as links to resources that can be used, including the Postharvest Handling PowerPoint presentation, a North Carolina-specific Wholesale Specifications Guide, and multiple resources for growers to learn more about postharvest handling and quality issues.
Distributors of NC Wild-Caught Seafood : Compiled by NC Catch and NC Growing Together, this document provides information on wholesale/retail companies that distribute locally caught North Carolina seafood throughout the state.
This article originally appeared in the March 2017 NC Growing Together Newsletter.