Naperville Area News

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10/11/2018 General
Supporting the Family-Farmed, Good Food Movement in Chicago Area

One of the foundations of a healthy lifestyle is access to good-tasting, nutritional and responsibly-produced food, preferably locally-grown food. The Chicago-based non-profit organization FamilyFarmed works to expand the production, marketing and distribution of such food, leading to benefits for consumers, farmers and businesses.

This mission requires the building of public-private partnerships to provide funding. For eight years, the organization has staged the FamilyFarmed Good Food Financing and Innovation Conference. Each June at Morgan Manufacturing on Chicago's North Side, the conference brings together public and private stakeholders to learn from one another as they meet and exchange ideas and strategies to expand the Good Food efforts in the area.

Businesses taking part in the effort understand Good Food is good for the planet, people and business. Together they’ve raised more than $50 million to fund the effort. Among the supporters are nationally- and internationally-known names like Whole Foods, Barilla and USDA. Oak Brook-based Leaders Bank is among area companies promoting FamilyFarmed by participating in and helping fund the Good Food Financing and Innovation Conference.

One on one

At FamilyFarmed’s 8th Annual Good Food Financing and Innovation Conference on June 19, 2018, the Financing Fair proved as always to be the main focus of the entrepreneurial program. The Financing Fair brings food startups and investors together in face-to-face meetings designed to forge investment synergies that benefit both parties.

A total of 39 companies participated in the Financing Fair, a dozen of them providers of services to small businesses. Leaders Bank stood among them, contributing its years of financial services expertise to the mission of generating financing for the entrepreneurs.

Shelby Parchman is among FamilyFarmed consultants with whom Leaders Bank partners. As managing partner of InUrban Strategies, Parchman served as GoodFood Accelerator Financing and Innovation Strategist, moderated 2018's conference and is a partner in the rapidly growing Bronzeville Sausage Company.


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