The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for the economy. Small businesses—especially those in the food and beverage service industry—have taken a hit.

As America reopens, community food systems leaders and food and beverage service business owners need the foundational knowledge, strategies, and skills to ensure the success of their operation and mitigate the potentially disastrous repercussions of blind spots in organizational management.

UVM is pleased to offer a series of fully online courses designed for emergent and established business owners in the food and service industry, food hub managers, and other community-based food system organizations designed to provide essential information on business formation, planning, marketing, sales, human resources and staffing, risk management, food safety, finance, supply chain management, and more.

Graduates of UVM’s Community Food Resource and Hub Management Certificate will have developed essential knowledge and skills in the areas of:

  • Legal Structure, Sources of Capital
  • Business Planning and Assessment
  • Sales Forecasting, Analysis, and Marketing
  • Finance and Risk Management
  • Food Safety—on farm, facility, and FSMA
  • Supply and Value Chain Integration
  • New Product Development and Processing
  • Management of Facilities, Distribution, and Technology
  • Human Resources and Stakeholder Management

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals exploring the feasibility of starting or expanding a restaurant, brewpub, or food hub
  • Emerging leaders in organizations advancing the feasibility of regional food systems
  • Food Hub practitioners focused on “the next ten years”
  • Professionals seeking to develop their career in the local and regional food market

Students who complete individual courses will receive a Certificate of Completion for each course. Anyone who completes all of the courses will receive the Community Food Resource and Hub Management Certificate.