Here is a list of upcoming events hosted by the Chesapeake Ag. Innovation Center. We are excited to invite you to participate and join us.
About the Program:
The Producers Startup Program is a free six-week course designed for entrepreneurs with idea-stage and startup-stage companies. (Multiple cohorts, capped at 15 people, are offered throughout the year.) During the virtual weekly meetings, you’ll learn the skills and tools you need to begin and successfully manage your company’s operations. The curriculum starts with the basics—from learning to better understand and define your target market, to developing a pricing strategy and connecting with customers. You’ll build a strong business plan with the support of our experienced instructors; and, along with your fellow cohort members, you’ll brainstorm and workshop your business ideas.
Why take the Producers Startup Program?
About your instructor:
Your instructor for this program is Brian K. Brown, an experienced business coach and economic development professional. Brian currently serves as the Business Services Manager for SERCAP, Inc., focusing on business training and consulting services in eastern states from Delaware to Florida. His diverse experience includes leadership roles in workforce development, tourism, and agricultural development and managing two community development loan funds.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from an expert and gain the skills necessary to launch and grow your business. Register today and take the first step towards achieving your business goals.
Mini-Grants up to $5,000 are available for:
– Market Research and Validation of Target Market
– Customer Acquisition
– Product Development Initiatives
– Food Safety Classes
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.
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.
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.