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  • Botanicals offer natural ingredients for herbal teas, body care products, natural products for your home and garden, and many other items for people looking for products that are free from man-made chemical ingredients. Natalie Beneventi grows many of the ingredients she uses in her Beneventi......

  • Botanicals offer natural ingredients for herbal teas, body care products, natural products for your home and garden, and many other items for people looking for products that are free from man-made chemical ingredients. Natalie Beneventi grows many of the ingredients she uses in her Beneventi......

  • Kombucha has made its mark on the wellness world for several years. Now it is becoming popular with consumers at all levels…and it has made its way to bars, coffee houses, breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Liz Dodson, the Kombucha Lady, sits downwith Emiliano Espinosa and......

  • Savage Acres Farm produces several types of meats and cheeses in one of the remaining protected areas for agriculture and farming in Montgomery County, Maryland.Come discover Savage Acres Farm as Laurie Savage, host Muphen Whitney, and Emiliano Espinosa discuss all the products produced on the......

  • Spirulina may hold one of the keys to food insufficiency. This green alga has shown remarkable results in many scientific studies, and NASA uses it for astronauts’ nutrition in space. Find out more about this nutritious – and delicious – gift from the sea and......

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  • Shelby Watson-Hampton, CAIC Advisory Board Member and Director of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), talks with CAIC’s Muphen Whitney about the various SMADC programs that benefit aquaculture and agriculture value-added producers....

  • Kim Bryden of Cureate and CAIC’S Muphen Whitney discuss problems and challenges of start-ups entering the aquaculture-agriculture value-added producer space....

  • Roxanne Wolf, CAIC Advisory Board Member and Community Liaison for Shore Gourmet, discusses with CAIC’s Muphen Whitney how CAIC’s programs can help aquaculture and agriculture value-added producers overcome their biggest challenges....

  • Nikko Brady, CAIC Advisory Board Member and Deputy Principal Assistant of the Delaware Department of Agriculture, explains her Department’s interest in value-added producers and talks about characteristics of successful value-added producers with CAIC’s Muphen Whitney....

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.