Small Scale Food Processor Association SSFPA
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refresh food business recovery logoIntroducing FOOD BUSINESS REFRESH

Developed by the Small Scale Food Processor Association, the Refresh program is designed to help rejuvenate food processing businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.

Eligible participants receive guided, hands-on support, tailored to your company's situation and objectives. The program helps you to:

  •  Analyze options to pivot your business
  •  Develop an implementation plan so your business can take advantage of new opportunities
  •  PLUS, access funding options and support to implement your plan so that you can be successful for the long-term.

For all program details and to apply, visit the website. Please also share with any other businesses you think might benefit from the Refresh program.

Enjoy these Food Business Refresh videos:

> Food Business Refresh: Overview

> Food Business Refresh: Participants

> Food Business Refresh: Part 1

> Food Business Refresh: Part 2

> Food Business Refresh: Part 3

> Food Business Refresh: Part 4

This program was developed with the support of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture..

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Refresh Program Helping Small B.C. Food Businesses

Small B.C. food businesses are accessing customized training, coaching, business planning and implementation support through the Food Business Refresh Program, and the results are being served in communities across Brtish Columbia. Here are some of their stories.

> Castlegar
> Kelowna
> Falkland
> Salt Spring Island

In partnership with the Small-Scale Food Processing Association and Western Economic Diversification Canada, the Food Business Refresh Program is a $650,000 cost-shared program helping local businesses find new opportunities and pivot from markets disrupted by COVID-19.
Launched in October 2020, the program helps participants access mentorship services like business coaching and food industry expertise, along with implementation support to help small businesses adapt to the changing conditions of the pandemic.

Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, said, "Throughout the pandemic, farmers, fishers and food and beverage processors have shown incredible resilience by adapting their businesses to keep communities fed, employed and safe. I'm proud of the local success stories we're seeing through the Food Business Refresh Program as businesses develop new ways for people to enjoy made-in-B.C. food that helps strengthen our food security and our local economies."

This funding is part of $10-billion COVID-19 response, which includes StrongerBC: BC's Economic Recovery Plan that protects people's health and livelihoods while supporting and livelihoods while supporting businesses and communities.

For more information about the Food Business Refresh Program, visit:
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