The SC Community Loan Fund and Clemson Agricultural Extension are now accepting applications for the seventh Feeding Innovation competition: Feeding Innovation Rock Hill.

Feeding Innovation is an eight-week small business training program that provides entrepreneurs 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, and (b) clarifying their market niche, their pricing structure, and their financial health. Class participants will compete at the end of the program by “pitching” their requests for funding to judges and the entrepreneur with the strongest business plan will receive a $12,500 seed capital award.

Participation is limited to 10 business owners. Healthy food producers and retailers in the Rock Hill area who want to expand their existing business and need the skills to make it grow are welcome to apply. Participants must have in interest and focus on increasing access to healthy food in underserved areas.

Please contact Brendan Buttimer at brendan@sccommunityloanfund.org in order to receive the application to participate in the program. The application must be completed and submitted to Brendan by March 2nd. Selected applicants will be notified how to register for the program.

Important Dates:

March 2nd: Application Deadline
March 16th: First Day of Classes
May 11th: Last Day of Classes

Past Winners:

Lowcountry Street Grocery, Charleston, SC
Good to Go Mobile Market, Greenville, SC
Truluck Farms, Timmonsville, SC
Banana Box Market, Boiling Springs, SC
Ferse’s Specialty Store and Fresh Market, Orangeburg, SC
Pee Dee Mobile Farmers Market, Florence, SC