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  4. As you progress toward your business goals, you may be considering taking on some debt in order to take the next steps toward success. In the third webinar of our Funding Your Business series, we’ll cover opportunities and best practices for SBA loans, grants, bank loans, lines of credit, and asset-based and accounts receivable financing. Bring your questions! Thursday, September 9 1 p.m. ET This is the third webinar of the series. All webinars are free for SFA members. If you’re a non-member, you can purchase the 3-webinar series for $50 here or buy a la carte for $19 each. Register now.
  5. When you are ready to start thinking about launching and scaling your business, you’re likely going to need money from outside sources. In this webinar, we’ll cover some of the sources to consider as you get started, including friends and family, crowdfunding, and state and government funds. We’ll also delve into best practices for considering angel investors and institutional investors and investigate some sample deal structures, including convertible debt, equity, and preferences. Bring your questions! Thursday, August 12 1 p.m. ET This is the second webinar of the series. All webinars are free for SFA members. If you’re a non-member, you can purchase the 3-webinar series for $50 here or buy a la carte for $19 each. Register now.
  6. While some businesses have “bootstrapped” their way to success, the other 99 percent have had to learn how to get investors or loans to work toward realizing their dream. This webinar will introduce founders and their teams to the basics of financing a business. You’ll hear from an experienced food investor who will share what she looks for when investing in early stage companies. We’ll touch on clarifying objectives and timeline, determining how much do you need, appropriate funding options at each stage of your business, connecting with and telling your story to investors and banks, and basic ways to think about valuation and deal structure. You’ll also receive a list of useful resources so you can continue learning on your own. Thursday, July 8 1 p.m. ET This is the first webinar of the series. All webinars are free for SFA members. If you’re a non-member, you can purchase the 3-webinar series for $50 here or buy a la carte for $19 each. Register now.
  7. Join us to discuss Prop. 65 risk analysis and strategies, and decision making related to Prop. 65 compliance as you navigate the supply chain in California. This presentation will discuss Prop. 65 compliance, indemnity, and minimizing Prop. 65 risk in retailer relationships. Tuesday, July 29 1 p.m. ET This webinar is free for members and $19 for non-members. Register now.
  8. Join the team behind our annual research as they explore the retail and foodservice sales data of specialty foods and sales forecasts, including analysis and commentary on the continuing impact of COVID-19 on the industry. Bring your questions and engage with this live update on where the specialty food industry is headed. Thursday, June 24 1 p.m. ET This webinar is free for members and $19 for non-members. Register now.
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  10. Tuesday, July 29 at 1pm ET

    Join us to discuss Prop. 65 risk analysis and strategies, and decision making related to Prop. 65 compliance as you navigate the supply chain in California. This presentation will discuss Prop. 65 compliance, indemnity, and minimizing Prop. 65 risk in retailer relationships.

    $19.00
  11. Thursday, July 22 at 1pm ET

    Is your website accessible to individuals with visual or hearing impairments? This is a critical question for any business operating an e-commerce website. Many courts across the country have broadly interpreted Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act to require that websites meet minimum accessibility standards. Join attorney Sara T. Schneider as she provides guidance on best practices for bringing your website into compliance and mitigating ADA liability. 

    $19.00
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  13. SFA’s Maker Prep series is an online educational program designed for new startups to provide them with the building blocks and knowledge base they need to do business in the specialty food industry.

    In this ongoing series, we’ll cover topics new makers need to know about. Our first package, Funding Your Business, includes three monthly webinars. Purchase this bundle for access to all three!

    July 8 at 1pm ET: Funding Your Business: The First Key Steps

    While some businesses have “bootstrapped” their way to success, the other 99% have had to learn how to get investors or loans to work toward realizing their dream. 
     
    This webinar will introduce founders and their teams to the basics of financing a business. You’ll hear from an experienced food investor who will share what she looks for when investing in early stage companies. 
     
    We’ll touch on clarifying objectives and timeline, determining how much do you need, appropriate funding options at each stage of your business, connecting with and telling your story to investors and banks, and basic ways to think about valuation and deal structure. You’ll also receive a list of useful resources so you can continue learning on your own. 

    August 12 at 1pm ET: Funding Your Business: Working With Investors

    When you are ready to start thinking about launching and scaling your business, you’re likely going to need money from outside sources. In this webinar, we’ll cover some of the sources to consider as you get started, including friends and family, crowdfunding, and state and government funds. We’ll also delve into best practices for considering angel investors and institutional investors and investigate some sample deal structures, including convertible debt, equity, and preferences. Bring your questions!
     
    September 9 at 1pm ET: Funding Your Business: Working With Lenders

    As you progress toward your business goals, you may be considering taking on some debt in order to take the next steps toward success. In the third webinar of our Funding Your Business series, we’ll cover opportunities and best practices for SBA loans, grants, bank loans, lines of credit, and asset-based and accounts receivable financing. Bring your questions!

    $50.00
  14. PART 3 OF THE SERIES

    Thursday, September 9 at 1pm ET

    As you progress toward your business goals, you may be considering taking on some debt in order to take the next steps toward success. In the third webinar of our Funding Your Business series, we’ll cover opportunities and best practices for SBA loans, grants, bank loans, lines of credit, and asset-based and accounts receivable financing. Bring your questions!

    This is the third webinar of the series. All webinars are free for SFA members. If you’re a non-member, you can purchase the 3-webinar series for $50 here or buy a la carte for $19 each.

    $19.00
  15. Thursday, August 12 at 1pm ET
     
    When you are ready to start thinking about launching and scaling your business, you’re likely going to need money from outside sources. In this webinar, we’ll cover some of the sources to consider as you get started, including friends and family, crowdfunding, and state and government funds. We’ll also delve into best practices for considering angel investors and institutional investors and investigate some sample deal structures, including convertible debt, equity, and preferences. Bring your questions!
     
    This is the second webinar of the series. All webinars are free for SFA members. If you’re a non-member, you can purchase the 3-webinar series for $50 here or buy a la carte for $19 each.
    $19.00
  16. Thursday, July 8 at 1pm ET

    While some businesses have “bootstrapped” their way to success, the other 99% have had to learn how to get investors or loans to work toward realizing their dream. 
     
    This webinar will introduce founders and their teams to the basics of financing a business. You’ll hear from an experienced food investor who will share what she looks for when investing in early stage companies. 
     
    We’ll touch on clarifying objectives and timeline, determining how much do you need, appropriate funding options at each stage of your business, connecting with and telling your story to investors and banks, and basic ways to think about valuation and deal structure. You’ll also receive a list of useful resources so you can continue learning on your own. 

    This is the first webinar of the series. All webinars are free for SFA members. If you’re a non-member, you can purchase the 3-webinar series for $50 here or buy a la carte for $19 each.

    $19.00
  17. Today, Friday June 11 at 3 p.m. ET, V. Sheree Williams of @cuisinenoir is taking over SFA’s Instagram with Toyin Kolawole, CEO of @iyafoods, Lloyd Vassell, CEO of @arawakfarm and @chefjenniferhillbooker ! Watch here: bit.ly/SFAIGTV #ShapetheFutureofFood #SFAIGTV
  18. In the past two years, consumer class action filings related to Vanilla flavor have increased dramatically. Nationwide litigation has resulted in case law all over the map, with courts taking different positions on the use of vanilla imagery, ingredient declarations, and the application of FDA’s complex flavor and standard of identity regulations. Come learn from attorney Jeni Lamb Rogers about the trends, why large and small companies are at risk, and ways to label your products to reduce your likelihood of receiving a consumer fraud demand letter. Thursday, June 17 1 p.m. ET This webinar is free for members and $19 for non-members. Register now.
  19. Makers, do any of the trends you learned of in this webinar apply to your current products or do you plan to incorporate these trends into future products?
  20. Retailers and manufacturers alike are under intense pressure to keep up with changing consumer behavior, growing competition, and preparing for unplanned volume surges. The need to stay relevant and indispensable to consumers couldn't be greater. Join Stefan Kalb, CEO and founder of Shelf Engine and Sam Mogannam, founder of Bi-Rite Market to learn about innovative partnerships that increase profits and free up cash to allow for greater customer-centric service. Tuesday, June 15 3 p.m. ET This webinar is free for SFA members and $19 for non-members. Register now.
  21. On June 11 at 3 p.m. ET, join V. Sheree Williams of Cuisine Noir Magazine for an Instagram Live event as she speaks about Diverse Brands in the Marketplace. Click here to view SFA's Instagram.
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    SFA's June Digestif is Here!

    Looking forward to this one!
  23. In this month's #TheDigestif, we're covering topics like Fancy Food Show 2021, Instagram Live with Cuisine Noir Magazine (June 11, 3pm ET), the Community Hub, and much more! Check your inbox for the Monthly Digest! #FancyFoodShow #StaySAFFEtogether #SpecialtyFood
  24. Cindy Hsaio of March Brands discusses the growth mindset and how best to position yourself for growth, how a company can get clarity on who their audience is, and the importance of a fan base for specialty food brands.

    Free
  25. Jeff Grogg of JPG Resources discusses the critical steps to a successful launch, similarities and differences in successful launches between large CPGs and small brands, and the advantages that smaller brands have wen launching a new product.

    Free
  26. Bob Glazer of Acceleration Partners discusses how to define one’s company culture, creating the culture that you want, retaining talent during a big cultural change, and the five core principles of great company cultures.

    Free
  27. Howard Dorman of Mazars USA discusses the right time for small makers to take on investors and knowing when the time is right to sell your business.

    Free
  28. Barb Stuckey of Mattson talks about the important steps food producers should know about product development and the changes in the specialty food industry that are currently having an impact on product development.

    Free
  29. Dhaval Patel of Do Good Digital discusses how to know if your email marketing is working, how to ensure that you’re getting the best traffic, and the best ways to improve conversions.

    Free
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