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Educational Websites and Resources
- Small Business Administration – Your first stop to learn about funding
- Finance For Food
- Slow Money – The movement for funding local economies, spawned by the book Slow Money
New crowdfunding sites pop up faster than my weeds (or almost as fast).
- Kickstarter – the largest audience
- IndieGogo – more flexible as far as your being able to take the money even if you don’t meet your goal
- Foodie Crowdfunding –
- Barnraiser – specifically focused on crowdfunding for sustainable food businesses
- Fundable – another crowdfunding option
You can also host your own crowdfunding service this days on your website. If you do so, you’ll be on the hook for driving traffic. So you need to be hot hot hot for that to work.
Food Business Loans and Investors
- Whole Foods Producer Program
- Credibles – Customers prepay for food and receive edible credits to use like a gift card.
- Kabbage.com –
- Prosper – Peer-to-peer lending (small-ish loans)
- Lending Club – Similar to Prosper
- The Angel Food Network – Angels specifically interested in food and beverage
- Gust – Connect with angel investors
- Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business by Elizabeth U.
- Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It, by Amy Cortese
The proverbial disclaimer: Please do your own research and make decisions based on whatever works for you. These links are here for the convenience and inspiration of Good Food, Great Business readers and beyond.
What’s missing or needs updating?