Heartland Regional Food Business Center - Iowa Resources and Information

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development is part of the NEW Heartland Regional Food Business Center, dedicated to helping farm and food enterprises start up, expand and make supply chain connections needed to serve growing demand for local ad regionally produced food.

The Heartland Regional Food Business Center is one of 12 across the nation established in 2023 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support development of a more resilient, diverse and competitive food system. https://heartlandfoodbusiness.org/

Localized Services

With more than 30 on-the-ground partners, the Heartland Regional Food Business Center provides localized, proactive assistance to small, mid-size and diverse entrepreneurs. This project helps to connect entrepreneurs with the necessary resources to launch a successful food business. One exciting component of this project is the opportunity for Iowa food entrepreneurs to apply for business building funding grant opportunities. These are expected to open in the fall of 2024 and will assist food entrepreneurs with marketing and business expenses necessary for buiness growth and expansion.

These could include

  • Technical Assistance in trainings, business planning, mentorship, marketing and regulations.
  • Coordination to other businesses, suppliers, processors, distributors, etc.
  • Capacity Building in grant funding for next-step investments. Our Buiness Builder Subawards are expected in 2024.

Direct Education

Iowa classes are NOW OPEN around the following.

1. Business Planning

2. Food Business Co-horts

3. Introduction to Home-based Food and Cottage Food Licensing

For more information, reach out to Penny Brown Huber at pbhuber@iastate.edu or 515-294-0648.

Social media locations:  
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heartlandfoodbusiness/   
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heartlandfoodbusiness/   
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/heartland-food-business/

Date of Publication: 
March, 2024