Posts

We are honored to announce the Nature-Based Businesses selected for Accelerating Appalachia 2019! These businesses are supporting a regenerative economy built on the values of soil and soul. Program participants will travel to Kentucky, Ohio, and North Carolina to learn, grow, and connect with thought leaders and communities. Accelerating Appalachia has been providing accelerator services to Nature-Based Businesses for years, growing one of the world’s most diverse economies focused on food, clothing, shelter and wellness. We are thrilled to be a part of this cohort’s journey.


Ballew Estates

Richmond, KY

Tiffany Bellfield https://www.facebook.com/ballewestates


HomeGrown HideAways

Berea, KY

Jessa Turner
http://www.homegrownhideaways.org


Kentucky Green Grass

Harrodsburg, KY

Rachael Edmistonhttps://www.kentuckygreengrass.farm


Madison County Community Learning Centers

Marshall, NC

Deborah Delislehttps://www.madisoncclc.org


Moonlight Meat Processing

Williamsburg, KY

Anne Bays
https://moonlight-meat-processing.business.site


No Taste Like Home

Asheville, NC

Rebekah Joplinghttps://notastelikehome.org


Rachel DesRocher, Incubator Kitchen Collective and Grateful Grahams

Newport, KY

Rachel DesRochers
https://www.racheldesrochers.com


LEARN MORE about Accelerating Appalachia’s 2019 Nature-Based Businesses

However, we take inquiries for businesses who are seeking guidance and investment year-round! If you have any questions, please contact Sara Day Evans, saraday@acceleratingapplachia.org.

 

Is your business a fit?… 

Accelerating Appalachia connects nature-based businesses from the rural and urban hubs of central and southern Appalachia to help expand their customer base, supply chains, peer, mentor and potential investor network. Nature-based businesses and entrepreneurs in the following sectors are encouraged to apply:

  • Farming
  • Food
  • Forest products (natural building) and non-timber forest products (ginseng, mushrooms, fruit & nut trees)
  • Fiber/Textiles
  • Botanicals/Wellness
  • Other innovative triple bottom-line businesses with special consideration for innovators and entrepreneurs from marginalized populations.

We are particularly excited to announce our partnership with Kiva Zip. Kiva is a platform that crowdfunds micro loans and is offering 0% interest loans up to $10,000 to farmers in the United States and gives the business incredible exposure. Businesses in the agriculture industry can have difficulty fitting within the terms of formal banking institutions; Kiva better meets the needs of farmers and their financial needs.