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688 Action Items Found
Develop and share standardized contract language for all state agencies and municipal purchasers to enable greater purchasing of Massachusetts-produced food products.
Allow hard copy business paperwork to be filed at regional offices, rather than only in Boston.
Provide better information for co-operative enterprises by adding an electronic template/option or co-op incorporation forms on the Secretary of State website and by adding language appropriate to all kinds of business models.
Set legislative standard to review science-based health regulations every five years.
Convene public and private stakeholders, as well as educational institutions, to conduct a needs assessment and develop creative ways existing food distribution infrastructure can be used more efficiently to increase cost effectiveness.
Gather and disseminate information and data on how businesses are innovating and the supports they need.
Attract public and private investment for food distribution innovation through a new economic development fund. Coordinate operations of the proposed fund with the MassDevelopment’s efforts to increase distribution efficiencies and innovations.
Support prototyping of new ideas and ventures with investment and grant opportunities, including development of agricultural cooperatives, regional aggregation centers (food hubs) by third party entities, cooperative distribution models, cooperative distribution from farmers markets, and approaches that use technology to reduce food distribution costs.
Develop technology such as source-tracking systems, to provide increased market data and serve as an online clearinghouse and marketplace for listing, distributing, and selling locally-produced and -processed foods, to connecting producers, distributors, and buyers.
Fund incentives for producers to act on market research related to new and emerging products and changing consumer demands.
Provide financial support for food co-op startups.
Engage colleges and universities that focus on business and entrepreneurship to support the development of innovative distribution businesses.
Increase connectivity between industry players, startup businesses, and supply chain producers of processing and distribution equipment to identify opportunities for strengthening the local innovation ecosystem and catalyze new partnerships and relationships.
Finance, construct, and operate infrastructure for local storage including ambient, refrigerated, and frozen storage as well as freezing facilities to complement the processing of lightly-processed produce in shared-use kitchens, food hubs or other facilities.
Develop farm-to-small-wholesale and -retail business models (including bodegas) to sell frozen, ambient-temperature, and refrigerated produce. Developgrant programs to support the models.
Conduct a survey to establish technical assistance needs and create an inventory of existing technical assistance resources. Based on the survey results, develop education and support resources for food business operators and innovators related to creating business connections, becoming finance-ready, and accessing financing.
Engage existing business support providers (e.g., Small Business Association , The Carrot Project, and Conservation Law Foundation) in further developing and delivering needed technical assistance to local food producers, distributors, and retailers.
Support Massachusetts higher education programs in the development and offering of appropriate curriculum to meet the needs of locally based food system businesses. Promote these programs.
Provide education to business owners on the various business structures with a focus on those that best support maintaining local ownership and streamline all forms, reporting, and technical assistance, including through online means.
Support models of food distribution that provide good wages and benefits, full-time jobs, opportunities for career advancement, and safe work environments.