Food Business and Entrepreneurship

Useful resources

Food Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economics resources.
Learn more about market-based strategies for developing local and regional food system strategies by visiting the value chain coordination website.

A market-based approach to developing local and regional food systems to serve communities (from the Wallace Center).

Value Chain Coordination Website



Learn more about business planning and estate financial planning by visiting the Purdue Ag Econ website.

Aims to enhance knowledge for family business owners (and also their successors, employees, etc). PIFB can provide education on strategic business planning and estate financial planning.


PIFB and Ag Econ Website



Learn more about no-cost confidential advising by visiting the Indiana Small Business Development Center website.

Offers Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector access to no-cost, confidential specialty business advising, and training, including financing, crop yield projections, U.S. Department of Agriculture loan packaging, value-added product development, and commodity-exporting, among others.

ISBDC Website




Learn more about the statewide programs to support new farmers by visiting the Purdue Beginning Farmers Program website

Seeks to support new farmers to determine their mission and vision through statewide programs, projects with partnering agencies, and targeted farm events to build more robust networks across Indiana. Each year a virtual series is offered.


Purdue Beginning Farmers Program Website




Learn more about how Purdue's Food Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing Institute can help with pH and water activity testing by visiting the Purdue FEMI website

Your local health dept might require pH and water activity testing of your food product. FEMI can help with that. They also want to help your business in food/beverage ideation, development, etc.

Purdue FEMI Website



Indiana Business Roadmap 

The information via the link above will help ensure your business is successful, in compliance with state laws and regulations, and protected against business scams and identity theft. Mark these items off your to-do list and set your business up for success!

This certificate follows a curriculum designed by Purdue Extension and is tailored to the dynamics of urban agriculture which occurs at a very small scale (usually an acre or less), at close proximity to non-agriculture land uses, and often in partnership with other individuals or organizations.

The audience for this curriculum includes for-profit and nonprofit market farmers and gardeners, community garden organizers, school garden leaders, urban homesteaders, and other urban agriculture project leaders.

Urban Ag certificate program

This list is not exhaustive, but it is a good start.

Learn more about the aspects of a successful farmers market by visiting Purdue Farmers Market Signature Program website.

This program covers multiple aspects of a successful farmers market for both market managers and market vendors. Content includes market regulations, food safety, liability, sustaining a stable market, food assistance programs, and conflict management. This program promotes networking and follows our Market Manager Toolkit and Market Vendor Toolkit publications.

Purdue Farmers Market Signature Program Website



Farmers can learn more about farmers markets by visiting the Indiana Farmers' Market Community of Practice website to view trainings and resources.

Working with farmers and markets to increase vibrancy and viability for Indiana Farmers Markets, a key component of our local food system.

Indiana Farmers' Market Community of Practice Website




"Indiana Artisan is an economic development organization accomplishing two things. It identifies, recognizes and promotes Indiana’s high-quality foods, beverages, art, and fine craft and the Artisans who make them, with the goal of helping each Artisan expand his/her business and business skills.  At the same time, Indiana Artisan is building a brand that defines Indiana by its high-quality foods, beverages, art, and fine craft, using the work of the state’s highest-quality Artisans as the stuff of the brand."

Find guidelines for becoming part of this group via link below:

Indiana Artisan Food & Beverage