Energy Efficiency and Healthy Food Retail

Presenters: Danny Isaacs, MACED, Marten Jenkins, Natural Capital Investment Fund
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 06:15

Energy is one of the highest costs for grocers, particularly in rural areas. Learn how CDFIs can provide loans to improve energy efficiency among food retail outlets and increase access to healthy foods for underserved areas. MACED and Natural Capital Investment Fund discuss their own experiences in providing energy efficiency loans to rural grocers.

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Underwriting Grocery Stores and Supermarkets

Presenters: Denise Dukette, New England Bank, Christina Szczepanski, The Reinvestment Fund
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 07:15

This webinar provides critical information about underwriting supermarket and other grocery retail borrowers and projects for financing.

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Rural Healthy Food Retail: Challenges and Opportunities

Presenters: Dr. David Procter, Kansas State University, Daniel Wallace, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., Rick Gowell, Gowell's Store in Litchfield, Maine
Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 09:00

Local grocery stores are a critical anchor institution sustaining America’s rural communities. This webinar highlights Kansas State University's Rural Grocery Initiative and its research to better understand the challenges and needs of these small businesses. Learn how one CDFI, Coastal Enterprises, Inc., is working to provide financing to rural grocery stores to improve access to healthy foods.

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The Grocery Gap

Presenters: Jeff Brown, UpLift Solutions
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 06:00

High-quality, full-service supermarkets improve the health and economic well-being of communities. However, supermarket operators face significant obstacles entering and operating in many low-income, urban communities. This webinar, developed by UpLift Solutions, explains the “Grocery Gap” and the financial and operational strategies that can enable supermarkets to be successful.

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Underwriting Natural Food Cooperatives

Presenters: Margaret Lund, Co-opera Co.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 08:45

Today's natural food cooperatives are a thriving part of the natural food retail landscape. This webinar offers a basic overview of natural foods retailing, with specific emphasis on consumer-owned natural foods cooperatives. Learn about the unique aspects of underwriting cooperatively-owned enterprises, review typical financial performance measures for natural foods cooperatives, and explore a brief case study of a recent project.

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Underwriting Small and Emerging Farms

Presenters: Denise Dukette, United Bank, Gray Harris, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 09:45

This webinar highlights the critical elements to underwriting food producers, focusing on small and emerging farms, which are often difficult to analyze and need customized loan structuring. Discussion includes seasonality, cash flow analysis and collateral, and includes “live” farming examples.

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Financing Healthy Food Retail: Program Design and Social Impact Measurement

Presenters: Christina Szczepanski, Lance Loethen, The Reinvestment Fund
Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 09:30

Learn about designing a healthy food financing program and measuring its impact. In particular, the presentation outlines important elements to consider when creating a program, including the eligibility process, application process, and product development. Additionally, understand how to define impact as it relates to healthy food financing and how to develop impact tracking tools. The webinar also explores when data related to impact measurement should be gathered, what metrics are a "want to have" versus a "need to have," and how data can assist CDFIs in improving their own performance.

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