Harrisonburg, VA (February 15, 2021) The Virginia Small Business Development Center and Cureate Courses invite companies in the Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley regions to apply for the inaugural cohort of the Food and Beverage Accelerator.
This free, intensive 6-week program is designed to help the founders and CEOs of growth-oriented food and beverage producers acquire the competencies required to grow and scale existing operations and to consider the next steps in strategic growth opportunities through wholesale, retail, and direct-to-consumer sales channels.
“This is an exciting opportunity for food and beverage businesses in the Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley region to acquire the information and skills needed to take their company to the next level. Participation in this program will provide valuable tools for successful and sustainable growth,” said Chris Van Orden, Craft Beverage Assistance Program Manager, Virginia Small Business Development Center.
Each week, participants will attend an interactive hour-long webinar where they’ll learn strategies to pivot toward new revenue streams, expand their production, enter new territories, and successfully scale. Subject areas include:
- Establishing Your Unique Value Proposition
- Developing and Positioning Your Brand
- Identifying Sales and Growth Opportunities
Kim Bryden, Founder and CEO of Cureate, looks forward to seeing how selected business owners use the knowledge they acquire: "I'm really excited to see what this cohort accomplishes through the training and mentorship provided. With Cureate Courses, we've put together a well-rounded program to help participants think through business development challenges as they scale. This opportunity can truly serve as a launch pad for ongoing success."
In order to be eligible for the program, companies must be:
- Located in the Charlottesville or Shenandoah Valley region
- Planning for specific growth (e.g. territory, product lines, production scale)
- Producers of food and beverage products in the consumer-packaged goods category
Interested companies can apply here: https://forms.gle/ouzb4uu3uKSGoQgz6. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
The program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
About Small Business Development Centers. The SV SBDC is one of 29 Small Business Development Centers across Virginia providing professional business advice, training, and information resources to help grow and strengthen local businesses and Virginia’s economy. It is hosted by James Madison University in partnership with George Mason University and funded in part by SBA and local governments. The Virginia SBDC Network (www.VirginiaSBDC.org) is the most extensive business development program in the Commonwealth and part of America's SBDC – the nation's proven, cost-effective, and accredited infrastructure focused on small businesses – America's job creators.
SV SBDC Contact: Joyce Krech, (540)568-3227, firstname.lastname@example.org