Learn about local food systems.
Make farm and market connections. Get inspired!
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Welcome to the Puget Sound’s premier food and farming business conference—the Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting!
Sustainable Connections, Business Impact NW, and Seattle Good Business Network have partnered together this year to bring you a virtual Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting with fun and engaging opportunities to connect with your friends and colleagues for learning, sharing, and making market connections.
Read on to learn more about this year’s program speakers, sponsors, and partners, and other opportunities to make the most of the Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting.
We create thriving communities through innovative ideas, collaboration, and action.
The best ideas are often generated from within the communities where we work. We take stock of community needs and opportunities create leading edge strategies, and build impactful plans with our partners that can be replicated in other regions. These ideas, plans, and partners come together to produce lasting results for happier, healthier people. More quality jobs, growing businesses, clean environments, and reduced pollution provide communities the opportunity to thrive.
The Food & Farming Program helps to create a vibrant local food economy. We support local farmers, connect food buyers to local farms and artisans, and encourage our community to always Eat Local First. We are proud founders of Eat Local First. We excel in beginning farmer training and run a farmer internship and incubator program. We believe that changing our local food system can change the world.
Business Impact NW is a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution dedicated to serving underbanked entrepreneurs. We provide coaching, classes, and access to capital to community small businesses, with an emphasis on working with traditionally underserved populations—entrepreneurial low / moderate income earners, women, BIPOC, veterans, immigrants, or members of the LGBTQ+ community. We have been serving the community since 1997.
We promote long-term positive economic change through financial services, business advice and training. We serve startups as well as existing businesses, and are dedicated to helping underserved entrepreneurs at every stage in their business growth. Our organization was founded as Seattle Economic Development Fund and was previously known as Community Capital Development. Business Impact NW is a certified, rated, and regulated financial institution. It is not a U.S. or state government agency.
Business Impact NW‘s objective is to provide financial and technical support to entrepreneurs in economically marginalized communities who would not otherwise have access to financial services. Our lending guidelines are more flexible than traditional banks because of our community impact mission. While careful in our decision-making process, Business Impact NW is able to take considered risks on underserved small businesses in order to achieve this mission.
Our loan department offers lending services in Washington State and Oregon. We offer business support services (training, coaching and classes) in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska through various technical assistance programs, including the Washington Women’s Business Center and Veterans Business Outreach Center. Business Impact NW‘s head offices are located in Seattle, WA.
We have partnered with the Seattle Good Business Network and Sustainable Connections to make the Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting a special regional event during Food Biz Week. Your registration will not only include access to the half-day programming lineup, but also the option to attend any Food Biz Week session and networking event.
Seattle Good Business Network is a coalition of residents, local businesses, nonprofits, and municipal organizations. We envision a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable local economy that supports resilient, prosperous, and joyful communities. Seattle Good Business Network connects and inspires people to buy, produce, and invest locally, so that everyone has a meaningful stake in the local economy.
THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS: