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Business Impact NW launches farmer support program

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Connect with Business Impact NW for free and low-cost customized services – from business planning to online marketing – designed to meet the needs of your farm.

A new suite of services and personalized coaching is now available to farmers in King County. We talked with Domonique Juleon, Henry Wong, and Neil Subhash from Business Impact NW about their customized approach for helping local farm businesses become more profitable.

The Food Business Resource Center (FBRC) team at Business Impact NW brings years of experience to this expanded program, funded by a grant from King Conservation District. Domonique, the Chief Program Officer, and Henry both started as business coaches and have a passion for the organization’s mission, believing, as Domonique says, that “a powerful way to make change in the community is through entrepreneurship.” Henry and Neil share a background in the farm and food sector. Henry became the director of the FBRC after owning his own mobile food truck business, and Neil has been a farmer for 10 seasons, bringing a familiarity with the specific challenges faced by farmers to his new role as the Farm Business Support Specialist.

Read more about the creation of this new program & what’s available to your farm business.

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Farm Practices Illustrated: Easy, new tool for navigating King County regulations

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Farm Practices Illustrated can help you spend less time deciphering County codes and more time growing the food our community needs.

Meet Eric Beach, Regulatory/Permitting Specialist for the Agriculture Team at the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Eric and his team recently completed a new resource designed to help make County codes and regulations easier for farmers to understand and follow. The series is called Farm Practices Illustrated (FPI), and the first chapter is available now.


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Click to read more and check out the first chapter of Farm Practices Illustrated now!

Want to improve your online sales?

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NOW AVAILABLE: Free, On-Demand Training

Ready to Sell: Farm E-Commerce 

COVID-19 has made it more important than ever before to know the ins and outs of selling directly to customers online. On your own time (and for free!) take advantage of this online course offered through the Food Business Resource Center at Business Impact NW.

This course provides new and existing farm businesses with the tools and resources to develop an effective online presence. Learn how to connect with new customers, build and maintain customer relationships, and grow a brand identity. Course content includes insight, advice, and trainings from industry leaders and experienced business owners. You’ll also see options and information on software and e-commerce platforms for farmers. Be sure to check out the bonus Marketing Tools section with additional video workshops, digital media toolkits, marketing templates and graphics all available for download.

Click to learn more and register. 

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USDA provides additional funding

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Deadlines fast approaching for numerous grant opportunities offered by USDA. 

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is currently accepting applications to support the creation or expansion of farm and food initiatives. 

A few of the deadlines & opportunities include: 

  • June 21: Local Food Promotion Program
  • June 21: Farmers Market Promotion Program 
  • July 6: Regional Food Systems Partnerships Program

Check out other grant opportunities and find details on the application process on the USDA Website. 

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