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Target financial and technical assistance to food processing businesses that offer opportunities for year-round employment.
Maintain, update, and expand as necessary the Massachusetts Food Processors Resource Manual, published by MDAR.
Provide food processing entrepreneurs with technical assistance, financing resources, and business plan support in the startup phase, prioritizing businesses that use Massachusetts agricultural or seafood products as primary ingredients.
Promote and leverage U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants and services, and provide technical assistance for grant applications and meeting program requirements.
Establish and expand private investment options for those interested in supporting local food businesses.
Invest in food processing businesses in growing industries.
Foster increased local food product innovation and development in technical and vocational education settings, engaging with food processing businesses and institutions.
Target resources to people of color, immigrants, former prisoners, veterans, women, and others from traditionally disadvantaged groups interested in owning and operating a food processing business.
Establish and expand ingredient and product procurement forums and resources for farmers and food processors.
Assess the market feasibility for meat processing, dairy processing, and other value-added food production, and support business development as the state and New England markets demand.
Develop employment guidelines for businesses, and offer incentives for businesses implementing these guidelines.
Inventory skills needed for various jobs and offer on-the-job and formal training in these areas.
Train new and incumbent employees for work in the culinary arts, and other food system related jobs through agricultural, vocational, temporary employment agency and non-profit training programs, on-the-job training, and on-site employer-sponsored ESOL education.
Engage community colleges, regional employment boards, community development agencies, and other such entities to encourage the development of food processing workforce training programs.
Identify industries in decline and develop employment transition training in food processing for displaced workers or workers in declining industries.
Incentivize participation in training programs to encourage their use.
Develop career pathways in partnership with food processing and other food businesses to support employee development.
Provide technical assistance to operators and staff of meat processing facilities.
Build partnerships between food processing businesses and educational institutions, such as engineering departments to design and develop intermediate-scale food processing equipment.
Encourage local manufacturing of equipment and technology that meet the needs of small and mid-sized processing facilities.