November 30, 2016
AgPLUS’ Workforce Summit to kick-off 2017 Food Processing Expo
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Central Valley AgPLUS in partnership with the California League of Food Processors, will host the Food Processing Workforce Summit on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
The event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel from 8am to 4pm in the Camelia Room. Speakers and panelists from all four regions of AgPLUS will discuss issues and developments for the Central Valley’s food processing workforce. Speakers include Tim Rainey, Executive Director of California Workforce Investment Board and Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development at California Community Colleges.
The Summit coincides with the 2017 Sacramento Food Processing Expo that will be held on February 8-9, 2017. The Expo is the largest tradeshow in California devoted exclusively to food processing and features over 260 exhibitors and past attendance of more than 2600 attendees (foodprocessingexpo.org). Early bird registration for the Food Processing Workforce Summit will end December 2 and includes complimentary entrance into the Food Processing Expo. To view the Summit’s agenda, click HERE. To register for the Summit, click HERE.
November 22, 2016
AgPLUS hosts rural small business workshop
WINTERS, Calif. – More than 50 people attended AgPLUS’ Rural Small Business Workshop on Friday, November 18 at the Winters Community Center in Winters, Calif. Hosted by AgPLUS Capital Region lead Valley Vision, the workshop was geared toward food and agriculture businesses with under 50 employees in Yolo and Solano Counties
The forum provided the opportunity for growers, ranchers, processors, distributors, and others in the supply chain to connect with providers of business development resources. Welcoming remarks were provided by Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Mayor of Winters; Don Saylor, Yolo County Supervisor; and John Vazquez, Solano County Supervisor. Presentations on resources available to food and beverage manufacturers were provided by representatives from the USDA Rural Development of California, Small Business Administration (SBA), University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), Solano Small Business Development Center, First Northern Bank and Sacramento Area Council of Governments.
Many other partners participated in a Resource Roundup where attendees were able to connect one-on-one with providers.
Valley Vision provided a list of all the avilable resources and programs at the event, which you can view HERE.
Earlier this year, Central Valley AgPLUS Food and Beverage Manufacturing Consortium (AgPLUS) was awarded an USDA Rural Development California Grant for its AgPLUS Rural Business Resources Assistance Program. The program provides workshops and technical assistance to small and emerging rural businesses throughout the Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, and North State regions. Additional workshops are planned into 2017.