Technical Assistance / Support Service Providers


December 1st, 2017

The Feast! Local Foods Marketplace is featuring technical assistance providers in our Support Services Mini-Expo8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Friday, Dec. 1. 

Businesses and organizations that provide services, technical assistance, and/or resources for farm and food entrepreneurs will be staffing tables around the auditorium, where tradeshow attendees will gather for the group keynotes, lunch, and networking. Apply to have a booth in the Support Services Mini-Expo here. 

Food businesses are encouraged to visit and talk with the service providers in this area throughout the Food Entrepreneurs Forum, and especially during the Networking hour.

*Appointments for one-on-one consultations with food safety professionals can be scheduled online HERE. For information on consultants see the speaker bios HERE

Email [email protected] to request additional information.


2017 Technical Assistance and Support Providers


Compeer Financial

Compeer Financial is a member-owned, Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. We provide loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  

USDA Rural Development

Rural Development has grant and loan programs to support small business and Community Economic Development.

Burns & McDonnell

Engineering and environmental services.

Curb Crowser 

Retail branding and marketing 

Artisan Food Products Network

AFPN develops new partnerships and new opportunities to grow the artisan food products market. Our network includes a growing list of industry leaders in food research, food development and manufacturing, food safety, and local-to-global logistics. 

TouchPoint Resource Pool / Food Safety Guy

TouchPoint is a collection of training, technical, compliance and service providers to food businesses including Food Safety, HACCP plans, health department compliance, IT support, labeling, financing, marketing, equipment, and business planning.

UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships / Green Lands Blue Waters

RSDP have been fostering food systems work for 20 years, connecting Greater Minnesota producers, entrepreneurs, community leaders and innovators with University resources. GLBW works on perennial landscapes and protecting our natural resources through conservation land practices.

*MDA-Food Safety

*Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection- Food Safety

*Iowa State Food Safety

*for staff available for consultations, see Tradeshow page 

MDA-Minnesota Grown/New Markets 

The Minnesota Grown Program is a statewide partnership between the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota producers of specialty crops and livestock. 



Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is a regional development and philanthropic organization that fosters economic and community vitality in 20 counties of southern Minnesota through a culture of collaboration and partnership. We envision a prosperous and growing region with vibrant communities, innovative and successful economies, and engaged and valued citizens.



Renewing the Countryside strengthens rural areas by championing and supporting rural communities, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, activists and other people who are renewing the countryside through sustainable and innovative initiatives, businesses, and projects.



The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology. With unique facilities and professional staff, AURI is a one-of-a-kind resource that provides assistance to Minnesota businesses looking to create more value for the state’s agricultural products.



More information on applying to have a booth in the Support Services Mini-Expo here.


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