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When: Tuesday September 29, 2020
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CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series:
Financing Food Systems Entrepreneurs
Tuesday, September 29 at 2 PM Eastern

-- Learn How Development Finance Supports Food System Entrepreneurs --



Join us for the next installment of the CDFA Food Systems Finance Webinar Series, during which development finance professionals from around the country will describe their strategies for supporting local entrepreneurs in moving their business from idea to execution. Entrepreneurs are a key part of local economies, yet they face many challenges in establishing and growing their enterprises. In the food system, entrepreneurs are working to make their own business successful while often collaborating across the value chain. Small business owners engaged in the food system include farmers, grocers, restaurateurs, caterers, small-scale manufacturers and processors, brewers and distillers, chefs, and more. This free webinar will feature food-specific programs as well as more general financing available in many communities for entrepreneurs.

Hear from these experts:

  • Alex Beres, Assistant Director, Franklin County Economic Development and Planning
  • Susan Christensen, Executive Director, Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation
  • Ariel Miller, Coordinator, Research & Technical Assistance, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Meredith Storton, Lending Manager, Food & Agriculture, RSF Social Finance



With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CDFA is researching how development finance agencies can become more engaged in developing localized food systems through traditional finance approaches. The premise of this project is to suggest and then prove that, if organized and defined properly, the food system can become a defined asset class worthy of traditional investment. Through this work, CDFA aims to advance opportunities and leverage existing capital financing streams that scale local and regional food systems and increase access to better food while creating new living wage jobs in communities across the country.

>>> Learn more about CDFA’s initiative to define the food system asset class
>>> Visit the CDFA Food Systems Finance Resource Center

Get Engaged! Contact Allison Rowland.








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