(Photo above: Small Biz Triage Founder Nate Wright | courtesy of Small Biz Triage)
Team of small business experts in the food and beer industry visiting 10-cities this July with workshops on crowdfunding, marketing and scalability. On Sunday July 19 at 6pm, the 2015 Food Biz Road Trip hits its fourth city with a 90-minute food & beer biz ‘bootcamp’ at JEM Tasting Room in Bend.
This highly interactive crash course in funding, selling and saving for this rapidly growing – and highly competitive – industry, will equip local business owners with tools and resources ranging from tools for finding additional funding to templates that help raise efficiency and profits, in the back office.
The road trip represents a partnership between six different organizations: Small Biz Triage, Hey Chef!, Small Food Business, Crowdfund Better, BreweryResources and The Crowdfunding Centre (UK). Collectively these companies have supported thousands of food businesses with everything from crowdfunding a community kitchen to transitioning a local food producer into a national brand.
“With the ongoing obsession with tech startups, we’ve seen a gaping hole in biz support for small food producers and craft brewers,” says founder Nate Wright of Small Biz Triage. “And with the recent hunger for a human touch in biz, hitting the road and getting in the trenches with these creative entrepreneurs seemed to be the best way to help them out.”
“Over 16 billion dollars was raised by crowdfunding in 2014 alone … and a huge chunk of that funneled into the craft food and beer biz, with successful campaigns in this niche raising an average of $16,000” says Kathleen Minogue, partner and crowdfunding consultant at Crowdfund Better.
Following the workshop, a casual hang of local food & beer business owners, influencers and innovators will be held afterwards at Broken Top Bottle Shop.