Build, Prepare, Invest: Assessing Food Hub Businesses for Investment Readiness
Wholesome Wave’s Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit provides you with the tools to evaluate a food hub business’ readiness for investment
Whether you are an investor considering making an investment in food hubs, a food hub operator preparing for an investment, or a policymaker looking to better understand the food hub sector, Wholesome Wave’s Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit provides you with the tools to evaluate a food hub business’ readiness for investment.
In this webinar, we introduce the Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit, which provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of food hubs in the areas of business model and strategy, impact potential, market overview, marketing and sales, operations, organization and management, risk mitigation, technology and systems, and finance. The webinar provides an overview of the business assessment process and explore certain areas in depth, presenting Farm Fresh Rhode Island as a case study.
Wholesome Wave’s Healthy Food Commerce Investments division directs capital and business development assistance to food hubs in order to expand the channels for local food so farms can more reliably, safely, and efficiently sell product within their region to wholesale buyers and institutions like hospitals, schools, and large dining outlets.
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Darrow Vanderburgh-Wertz is the Portfolio Manager for the Healthy Food Commerce Investments team at Wholesome Wave, where she works to help build strong regional food system infrastructure. Day-to-day, she provides business planning, investor coordination, and deal structuring assistance to food hubs that serve small farmers and low-income customers. Prior to Wholesome Wave, Darrow worked on food systems projects for the Commercial Lending division at Self-Help, a CDFI based in Durham, North Carolina. Darrow has an MPP from Duke’s Sanford School and a BA in history from Yale.
Jesse Rye is the Co-Executive Director of Food System Enterprise at Farm Fresh Rhode Island. He works with leadership staff to oversee the Market Mobile and Veggie Box programs and direct the communications and financial management of the organization. He has experience on the community level as nonprofit manager; statewide as program director and communications specialist; and nationally as a researcher and advocate for cultural and creative enterprises. Jesse is determined, as a part of Farm Fresh, to grow a local food system that values the environment, health and quality of life of Rhode Island farmers and eaters.