Supporting Right-Size Investing and Infrastructure
Gaps in understanding exist between philanthropists, funders and banks and small and mid-sized producers, processors and distributors. In turn, these knowledge gaps create gaps in access to needed capital throughout the supply chain. Training and supporting producers, processors and distributors to better meet the needs of funders and holders of capital improves overall access to capital and strengthens business viability. Educating funders and holders of capital in making investments with durable systems level benefits improves outcomes and reduces barriers to access. Right sized investments include framing scale-appropriate investments in needed physical infrastructure and non-built infrastructure including human capital and networks and explores and refines new models for long-term solutions.
This theme, right-sized investing and infrastructure, is complex and evolving. Standard education and outreach materials, like short courses and fact sheets, are only starting places. This work must be done in communities, led by and in partnership with trusted members of those communities, and done with direct relevance to the goals and context of specific entrepreneurs and enterprises. Underserved and priority communities – Black, People of Color, Indigenous, Veterans, Disabled, Beginning/New Entry, Limited Resource/Operating in areas of Persistent poverty and Urban – are prioritized for this project across the region.
Gaps in understanding and communication exist between philanthropists, funders and banks and small and mid-sized producers, processors, and distributors, making access to capital difficult.