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  • 5 Questions for Jill McCullough of Windtree Bee Windtree Bee is a family-owned apiary in north Baltimore County. Run by Jill McCullough and her husband Craig, who serves as the primary beekeeper, it is truly a family affair. Their two daughters, Haley and Ellie, pitch......

  • 5 Questions for Retired Navy Rear Adm. Scott Sanders of Tobacco Barn Distillery   Tobacco Barn Distillery, created by three longtime friends in 2014, is one of the rare “farm to bottle” distilleries that grows the corn it uses to produce authentic “singe batch” bourbon......

  • After several years of building their successful Sweet Gnome candy business, Tom and Tina Cropper wanted to add a healthier option to their sweets line. They developed a healthy and delicious granola, but they had an appetite for more.   “After adding granola we still......

  • The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is seeking entrepreneurs to apply online for the 2023 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Now in its ninth year, this national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies developing innovative solutions to challenges faced by America’s farmers,......

  • The Chesapeake Agriculture Innovation Center Presents New Virtual Presentations for Agriculture and Aquaculture Value-Added Producers in Maryland and Delaware EASTON, Md; January 20, 2022…Mike Thielke, Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC), announced today that a new session of Virtual Presentations (VPs) presented......

  • In 2021, the Maryland State legislature asked the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology (Hughes Center), Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to create a process and strategy to develop a Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Maryland Agriculture. Input from......

  • Mike Thielke, Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) Executive Director, today announced the members of the Advisory Board that will work with the newly-established Chesapeake Agriculture Innovation Center (CAIC), a new program of ESEC’s F3 Tech initiative.  “We are proud that CAIC has attracted the attention......

  • The Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC) announced two of the Mentor companies that will be providing services to the constituents of ESEC’s new Chesapeake Agricultural Innovation Center “We are pleased to welcome Grow and Fortify and Cureate as the first Mentors who will be resources......

  • It was a light bulb moment for Grow and Fortify founder, Kevin Atticks: His experience with wineries and breweries in Maryland pointed to the need for a strong organization to support the entire spectrum of value-added producers in the agricultural sector and to meet their......

  • Kim Bryden is a problem solver. One of the first problems she faced when she founded Cureate was how to trademark the word “cureate” — the name she wanted for her company; trademark rules say you cannot trademark a common word. So Bryden’s solution was......

  • EASTON, Md; March 25, 2021…The second Cyberag Symposium will be held virtually on April 14 to bring together the agriculture and cybersecurity sectors to discuss and discover solutions to security problems that affect food producers and others in agriculture and aquaculture. “This second symposium continues......

  • EASTON, Md; March 3, 2021…The Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC), announced three of the Subject Matter Expert (SME) companies that will be providing services to the constituents of ESEC’s new Chesapeake Agricultural Innovation Center (CAIC). “We are pleased to welcome Grow and Fortify, Cureate, and......

  • Easton, Md; February 12, 2021…The Advisory Board of the Chesapeake Agricultural Innovation Center (CAIC) met recently to begin organizing the programs that this new organization will undertake to enhance innovation and technology use among entities in the agriculture and aquaculture industries in Maryland and Delaware.......

MINI-GRANTs

Mini-Grants up to $5,000 are available for:
– Market Research and Validation of Target Market
– Customer Acquisition
– Product Development Initiatives
– Food Safety Classes
Eligibility
Value-added producers and companies with traction ($20,000 or more in yearly revenue) in Maryland and Delaware are eligible to apply for Mini-Grants. Participants may apply once for each of the categories. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a unique and differentiated product or service that incorporates an aspect of innovation or technology in its production, processing, distribution, or other element of the food supply system.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Award decisions will be made and funds will be available no later than three weeks following the receipt of a completed application.
Application Process
Applicants must submit Mini-Grant proposals by filling out the form at this link. Copy(ies) of quote(s), proposal(s), estimate(s), or any other supporting documents.

ACCESS TO SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS (SMES)

CAIC offers access to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who can offer authoritative advice based on their deep knowledge and experience in a specific area. See the ADVISORS page of this Web site to learn more about the SMEs who are available to CAIC participants.