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Join us at our fourth quarterly meeting of 2014 to learn about opportunities and resources available to local food companies on a state and national level:
You will hear from Bonita Oehlke with the MA Department of Agricultural Resources to discuss resources available to offset costs at certain industry trade shows, as well as funding from the state. Additionally we are so excited to be hosting Ron Tanner, VP of Philanthropy, Government, & Industry Relations Office for the Specialty Food Association in NYC. Ron will discuss the benefit of this national organization, and the resources it can offer to help you grow your business.
We would also greatly appreciate your feedback on the series of three Local Food related workshops this fall. What worked? And what topics would you like us to cover in the future?
Ron Tanner is Vice President, Philanthropy, Government & Industry Relations for the Specialty Food Association, owner of the Fancy Food Shows®, and the publisher of Specialty Food Magazine. Ron has worked for the Specialty Food Association, and its 3,200+ members, since 1987. Prior to joining the Specialty Food Association, Ron worked for 10 years as an editor with Progressive Grocer Magazine.
The Specialty Food Association presents 40 educational programs each year. Ron has appeared on The Today Show, CNN and Food Network, and has been quoted in Newsweek, The New York Times, and Parade Magazine. He has an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University in New York City, and a B.A. in English and Communications Studies from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. Ron lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bonita Oehlke coordinates food systems planning and market development activities for the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources with a focus on value added and entrepreneurial food products. Bonita has a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Food Science and Dietetics, and an MS from Boston University in Nutrition Communications. She grew up on a diversified family farm in the Minnesota.
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