Are you looking to increase sales and/or the scope of your business, but don’t have all of the tools or know-how to do so? Are you interested in obtaining financing to expand your products and/or markets, but aren’t sure how to begin the process?
The PVGrows Loan Fund offers more than just financing for Pioneer Valley farm and food entrepreneurs. We also offer the business assistance necessary to help you succeed. We can connect you to services that are tailored to fit the size and scope of your business needs. Thanks to the farm and food expertise from our nine partners, we can assist you in tackling business issues such as marketing your product, sourcing locally, drafting a loan-ready business plan, and much more.
We offer a wide range of assistance and services. Technical Assistance: Our partners offer one-on-one technical assistance and classes from growing your single farm to sourcing locally. Our partners have a wealth of experience in the farm and food arena that can help you grow your business. They include The Carrot Project, Common Capital, Equity Trust, CISA, Franklin County CDC, New England Small Farm Institute, The Cooperative Fund of New England and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
PVGrows has also partnered with the Fair Food Network to provide more extensive assistance up to $10,000 in value to Pioneer Valley farm and food enterprises who qualify. Businesses are generally required to match between 25 and 50 percent of the cost of the consulting services received. To be eligible, your business must be engaged in the aggregation, storage, distribution, processing, marketing, information technology, or other means of supporting farm viability in the Northeast.
Note: Business assistance is available only to enterprises that are applying for financing from the Loan Fund.
Referrals: We can connect you to consultants and advisors to assist you with accounting, marketing, communications and other business needs.
Investors: We can help you determine whether equity investment or loans from private investors could be an appropriate part of your financing package. Through our partnership with The Slow Money Pioneer Valley Chapter, we can introduce you to potential investors.
Peer Support and Mentoring: If you are a newer business, we can introduce you to more seasoned entrepreneurs to provide advice and guidance or help you find like-minded entrepreneurs to share resources and ideas and to other new entrepreneurs.
Interested in learning more? Have questions? Get in touch.