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Learn About Food Business Grants in Ontario

Posted by OAFVC on Mar 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Navigating the business grants available to you can leave a small business owner with more questions than answers. Let us provide some options and clarity. Learn what financial resources are available for businesses like yours in the Northumberland County: there are many categories that you can apply under and get the funding you need.

Here are three business grant that can apply to your business.

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What Canadians Eat, Want to Eat, and Why

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Our lives as Canadians are busier than ever and that influences what we eat. Because we are so busy, and simply spend less time in the kitchen preparing food than we used to, we want food that is quick to make, but also good quality and affordable. That’s why it’s important that Canadian food production businesses provide us with alternatives that are fresh, healthful, and convenient.

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Crop Diversity Creates New Opportunities For Food Entrepreneurs

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Crop diversity in Canada is being influenced by the changing face of Canadians. An increasingly diverse population within Canada is altering the overall Canadian palate growing the demand for non-traditional food items. For example, Canada’s growing Asian population has led to an increased demand for and consumption of seafood, fruits, seeds, and nuts.

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How to Understand Your Food Business Competition

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM

If you are just starting out in the food business - getting to know your future competition is vital to properly assessing what your company is going to offer. When you analyze and benchmark what your competition is doing or why they are succeeding so well; you can turn it into a strategy that works for your own company.

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Here’s What Not to Do As a Food Entrepreneur

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

There is great advice available on what to do as a food business owner, like create and follow a business plan and network to make connections and new opportunities or if you’re about to become one, it’s crucial to know what not to do. You want to provide the best possible product for your customers and have them coming back often so let’s look into how to make that happen and what pitfalls to avoid.

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How to Expand Into New Customer Markets with your Food Business

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM

If you have been running a successful food business and are established in your current market - it’s time to think about expanding into new markets. Expanding into new markets allows you to keep momentum from past success and can help your business survive tough times. A whole new market for your products transfers the quality of your brand, that your customers already love, and entices them to invest more in a brand they already trust.

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How to Become a Better Food Entrepreneur

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

As an entrepreneur, you are probably tempted to take on every role in your food business to save time and money. It is after all your business. As a small business owner chances are your motivation comes from loving doing things on your own terms; determining your work hours and choosing the direction you want the company to grow - so the obvious choice is to get it all done on your own. 

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3 Steps to Sustainable Business Growth As a Food Entrepreneur

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When you’re just starting out in any business, your start-up capital is a precious and limited resource. If sustainably growing your business is a goal, consider how to create long-term value while not draining your financial resources. . There are a few ways to do it, let’s dive into a few below.

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How to Keep Food Business Costs Low

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Constantly monitoring margins and costs as a food entrepreneur is a tricky minefield to navigate, especially if your expanding your business. The Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) provides small business solutions for every aspect of your business. Let’s take a look at a few ways the OAFVC can help you keep your food business costs low.

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How to Promote Your New Food Business

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Retailers know that pre-orders are crucial to the successful launch of a product, but how do you as a new, small business food entrepreneur create hype around a product that you haven't launched yet or that you might not have a brick and mortar store for?

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How to Decide Where to Sell Food: Quick Comparison Guide

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Once you've decided the best way to start your food production business, you've understood all the rules and regulations, applied for the right permits, you've made your product, you have one very important question to answer as a food entrepreneur: where do you sell your product?

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How to Learn the Rules and Regulations for Food Entrepreneurs

Posted by OAFVC on Jan 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Starting any business can be overwhelming. It is important to carefully consider the pros and cons of owning your own business. In any industry, there are an abundance of rules you need to know and follow. In the food industry, where your product is consumed by the public, you have an even greater obligation to understand the rules and regulations you must follow as a food entrepreneur.

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