Rural Health Network of South Central New York is pleased to announce our upcoming webinar, A Fresh Outlook on Rural Food Retail: Financing Food Retail Business!
The webinar will be hosted on October 28th from 10am to 11am and is the second in a series that will continue over the next few months.
Rural food access is a complex problem. Disinvestment in rural areas over the past several decades resulted in population losses and the decline of food and retail businesses. Rural food retailers have struggled to stay open as economic conditions increased the miles people are traveling to work and shifted shopping habits away from community stores and towards regional shopping centers. Communities across the country are promoting rural food access and stopping the closure of rural food retail in a variety of innovative ways.
The Rural Food Retail Webinar Series: A Fresh Outlook on Rural Food Retail will highlight these successes while connecting stakeholders and developing an engaged learning community. Representatives from local and regional economic development agencies, local and regional planning and community development officials, foundations, university representatives, rural food retail operators, and other food system and community development professionals will all benefit from the series.
This second webinar on Financing Food Retail Business will feature speakers that will examine innovative ways for future business owners to fund their business or how current business owners can achieve a sustainable economic model for themselves. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A to discuss specific financing questions.
Webinar Presenters Include:
Jack Seman, General Manager of Greater Good Grocery
Kathleen Clark, Senior Director of Community and Economic Development for Alternatives
Tina Barber, Program Officer for Community Foundation for South Central New York