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688 Action Items Found
Incentivize food processors to incorporate more locally-sourced raw products for processing and packaging.
Inventory the capacity of existing food business incubators in Massachusetts to provide food storage, freezing, preparation, and distribution.
Determine feasibility of expanding food business incubation through the use of existing commercial kitchen infrastructure.
Fund strategic planning for food business incubator development.
Identify public and private financing sources for food processing infrastructure and equipment for food business incubator development.
Increase business development training in conjunction with financing options. Support ongoing efforts by community development corporations, The Carrot Project, Sustainable Business Alliance, Interise, the Salem Enterprise Center, and others.
Facilitate awareness and delivery of subsidies and tax credits to food processing businesses that create jobs and/or buy local ingredients.
Make seed funding available for food business start-ups that have a complete business concept and plan. Funding could be in the form of a revolving loan fund or grant funding.
Educate about and promote alternative financing strategies such as royalty and contract financing.
Develop new financing models that limit the risk burden for entrepreneurs who are committed to sourcing ingredients from local farms and minimizing environmental impact.
Fund food processing businesses in growing industries.
Establish revolving loan models that enable purchase of food processing equipment.
Establish a lending library for processing equipment between shared use kitchens.
Develop resources to assist food processing businesses during the transition from incubator-based to independently-operating businesses.
Promote collaborative or co-owned processing facilities for farmers, fishermen and food processors where there is an identified need for such facilities and models.
Encourage and support $10 million in public financing for the Massachusetts Food Trust, which would allow additional private funds to be raised.
Identify additional dedicated public and private sources of funds to support the Massachusetts Food Trust.
Provide loans, grants, and technical assistance through the Massachusetts Food Trust to support new and expanded healthy food retailers and local food enterprises in low- and moderate-income communities that will create jobs.
Fund and publish retail analysis, using community engagment research practices, that demonstrates unmet demands for healthy and local food, and highlight areas of opportunity and market potential for grocers and developers.
Provide public support to farmers markets to market local foods and expand the number of Massachusetts residents consuming local food.