Spartanburg Entrepreneur Resource Network (SERN), Hub City Farmer’s Market, and the South Carolina Community Loan Fund have partnered to sponsor Feeding Innovation Spartanburg, an eight-session workshop for entrepreneurs who want to increase access to healthy food in food deserts or other underserved areas and who need the business skills to make their business grow.

NxLevel is the national entrepreneur and small business training program that provides business owners with the framework and skill to develop and grow a small business. Will Culler (Clemson Agricultural Extension), expert facilitators, and a team of mentors will utilize an interactive process to help owners create/update their business plans by: 
(a) evaluating their business model/strategy, (b) clarifying their market niche, (c) their pricing structure, and (d) their financial statement health. Class participants will compete in mid-November by “pitching” their requests for funding to judges. $12,000 will be awarded: $6000 to a for-profit business and $6000 to a non-profit organization.

Participation is limited to 15 business owners. Please contact Brendan Buttimer at bbuttimer@hubcityfm.org in order to receive the application to participate in the program. The application must be completed by September 15 and submitted to Mr. Buttimer. Final participants will be notified how to register for the program.

“I cannot stress how great this opportunity is for existing and planning entrepreneurs. You will learn, network, and gain invaluable mentorship and connections.”- Brendan, Hub City Farmer’s Market (Previous Feeding Innovation Winner)