Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs

Connecting and Scaling Food Entrepreneurs aims to distribute technical assistance and capacity building through partners and existing resources to support the connection and scaling of food enterprises.

Food entrepreneurs make up the backbone of the local food economy. Successful food entrepreneurs engage with various networks, facilities, programs, and service providers, but the path is often disconnected and overwhelming. Guidance and resources provided by governmental agencies, institutions, programs, and service providers are key for business development, but they are often disconnected, duplicative, and misaligned with the needs of small and mid-sized enterprises.

The Center serves the food entrepreneur community by:

  • Connecting providers with necessary services
  • Updating existing services to cater to the need of our regional food entrepreneurs
  • Disseminating resources and programs through new and existing networks
  • Building, refining, and delivering mentor content and programs appropriate for all pathways, with a particular focus on elevating access for underserved audiences

Theme Leads

Ashley Colpaart

The Food Corridor

Sarah Masoni

Food Innovation Center

Our Team

Jill Beaman

Small Business Development Center at PCC

Mike gabel

Food Innovation Center at CSU Spur

Janna Hamlett

TechHelp & University of Idaho Extension

Danita Macy

Oregon State University Extension

Lisa McCauley

Meadowlark Market and Kitchen

Tyler Sangermano

The Food Corridor

Kate Smith

Washington State University

Jan Tusick

Mission West Community Development Organization

Jennifer Werlin

University of Idaho Extension
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