Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop – Fall 2016 Schedule

Partners for Growth Advisory Services and Foundtree Product Design are pleased to announce that the incredibly successful Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop is returning this Fall! The 2-day Agri-Food Business planning workshop, is a program funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and has already supported over 200 entrepreneurs across BC since inception in 2015.

This workshop is an invaluable opportunity for you to invest in yourself and build a solid foundation for success. By participating in this workshop, you will become well-versed in the business planning process, market access and analysis, product development, financial planning and management, quality assurance, labeling and packaging, production economics and logistics.  Not only will you build-out or refresh your business plan, it’s a great opportunity to get insight from and network with fellow Agri-food companies.

Rita Kim of Partners for Growth Advisory Services is a strategic growth specialist who empowers entrepreneurs that want to have a healthy, sustainable financial foundation move into a growth phase.  Rita’s track record speaks for itself – from helping start-ups prepare strong business packages to access capital, to existing businesses successfully manage financial transitions, acquisitions and mergers, and making key decisions that impact the bottom line, she is an asset to the food industry.  As a certified trainer and facilitator, Rita has developed and delivered over 100 workshops and seminars on ‘understanding finance for business’ and ‘how to get financing’.  Using her 20+ years of lending experience and streamlined approach, Rita provides structured financial solutions for growing companies from start-up to succession.

Sylvia Chong of Foundtree Product Design is the creator of the Food Business Accelerator Program that helps small, micro and start-up food businesses that are struggling to go from concept to commercialization develop market-ready products.  Her understanding of food processing stems from her education in Food Science from the University of Guelph, where she completed both a Bachelors and Master’s degree.  With over 15+ years of industry experience, she has served in many industry roles, from quality assurance to research, marketing, sales, product development, food safety and regulatory compliance.  Sylvia is a Food Processing Human Resources Council approved facilitator, passionate about helping clients mitigate risk and advancing the food industry.  She is excited to share her skills with entrepreneurs like you.


Prince George: October 15-16, 2016 *registration now open
Community Futures Fraser Fort George
1566 Seventh Avenue, Prince George, BC V2L 3P4

Creston: October 18-19, 2016 *registration now open
Wynndel Memorial Hall
5127 Wynndel Rd., Wynndel, BC V0B 2N2

Grand Forks: October 28-29, 2016 *registration now open
Community Futures Boundary
1647 Central Avenue, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H2

Tri-Cities (Coquitlam): November 3-4, 2016 *registration now open
TD Bank
1140 Johnson St., Coquitlam, BC V2B 7G5

To Register:

  1. Complete the registration form below.
  2. Send Interac e-transfer for $105 ($100 + GST) to
  3. Facilitators (Sylvia & Rita) will confirm your registration by e-mail.


2-day Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop Registration Form

2-day Agri-Food Business Planning Workshop Registration Form




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Fee per participant: $105 including GST Please send Interact e-transfer to: Email Money Transfer: Please (1) Send us the answer to the security question in a separate e-mail, and (2) send us a PDF copy of the transaction receipt for accounting purposes. A receipt will be e-mailed to you. .



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