Market Strategies

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Mapping the Road to a Low-Carbon Future for the Northeast
by Liz Carver

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.” –Radio legend Earl Nightingale (1921-1989) How do we, efficiently and effectively, complete the transition from an energy system rooted in fossil-fuel generation to a much-needed clean energy system for our region? As participants in last week’s Lessons…

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Starting a Business Just Got Easier
by Ben Tettlebaum

Sooner or later, if you’re thinking of starting a business, you’ll need to decide what form it should take. Do you want to start a for-profit? A nonprofit? A cooperative? Wonder if an S Corp might be a better choice than a C Corp? Is a B Corp right for you? What’s the difference between…

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How to Choose a Business Structure: A Decision Guide

While it does not replace good legal counsel, this Guide sets a framework to help entrepreneurs understand how different business structures can impact their criteria and goals. Though we initially intended to create a guide specifically for local food enterprises, the information and themes proved to be universal, and so we offer this industry agnostic guide.

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Conservation Matters Spring 2014: Year in Review

Hitting Its Stride: The Transformation of Our Energy System is Reaching its Tipping Point… Clean Solutions for Dirty Water: Stopping Nutrient Pollution from Laying Waste to Our Waterways… Pioneering Ocean Planning: Making Room for All the Fish (and More) in the Sea…Funding on the Move: Solving New England’s Transportation Puzzle… A Model Investment: Building Healthy Communities One Neighborhood at a Time

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New England Food Hub Site Suitability Analysis

Created to inform and enhance state- and regional-level discussions about food hub placement and food system development, the models and information provided in this analysis can help food entrepreneurs, investors, and policy makers frame their decisions on the placement, design, and support for food hubs in underserved areas of New England.

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New CLF Ventures Study to Reward Drivers for Driving Less
by Liz Carver

“Pick a Day, Commute Another Way.” That’s the theme of this week’s Massachusetts Car-Free Week, when the state joins over 1,000 cities in 40 countries around the world to encourage motorists to leave their cars at home and try bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling, or vanpooling to work. With transportation as the state’s largest and…

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CLF Ventures to Offer Food Hub Webinar
by Liz Carver

CLF Ventures is working with Wholesome Wave Foundation to offer a complimentary webinar about the Food Safety Modernization Act and implications for food hub operators. The food hub work with Wholesome Wave continues CLF Ventures’ efforts to build capacity and develop resources for sustainable food organizations in New England. Proposed FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Requirements…

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Local Farms Need Local Markets
by Walker Larsen

Local food is all the rage, but how do you affordably and conveniently get that food from the local farm to the local table? It’s a question a lot of people are asking — and one we at CLF Ventures (CLFV) are working to answer. CLFV explored some emerging models that seek to connect small…

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Financing a Growing Appetite for Sustainable Food
by Jo Anne Shatkin

CLF and CLF Ventures couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities for innovation in financing that build our regional food system. We’re working to foster greater investment in the innovations that will transform our communities, make us more self-sufficient and resilient to climate change, and build a sector that will sustain us over the long…