Chicago’s Good Food Accelerator (GFA) provided seven online workshops starting in July, as part of its ongoing efforts to provide learning experiences to a broader and more diverse community of entrepreneurs. These workshops greatly expanded the reach of the Accelerator, founded in 2014 by Chicago nonprofit FamilyFarmed.

Each workshop provided takeaways for business success in the food industry. The hour-long sessions featured a variety of topics, from E-commerce Growth & Marketing to Understanding Retail Buyers (see the slider below for all of the topics). This was an exciting way to introduce participants to industry leaders and experts from several leading organizations, including Conagra and NewPoint Marketing. Additionally, the workshops provided participants with strategic insights and expertise they wouldn’t be able to obtain in any other setting.

Moreover, the workshop series focused heavily on the particular needs of BIPOC entrepreneurs in under-resourced communities. GFA brought the workshops to the community in partnership with the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation, the Chicago Urban League, 2112 Creative Incubator and other allied organizations.

Here are just a couple of examples of the overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants:

“We love the workshops, so much information in such a short period of time. The speakers have been great.”

“Today was such a great day being on the call with you all, I really enjoyed it. I definitely gained more insight!”

We will announce the next round of Community Workshops soon, and look forward to welcoming many workshop participants as members of the upcoming Go To Market cohort program that starts on September 12. To learn more about our Workshop plans, get links to the previous Workshop recordings, or apply for the Go to Market program, email gfa@familyfarmed.org.