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I feel very privileged to be part of the Food Agribusiness Network (FAN) as we enter our second year. Already we have over 135 members, a number of paid staff and an eight-member strategy committee! In a very short period of time, we have generated significant momentum and positivity in the sector. Members are really benefiting from attending our events and workshops, and it is encouraging to see relationships being formed and innovative projects and collaborations happening already. Recently FAN formed a partnership with the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast (IC) to support the delivery of the Grow Coastal program, which has been made possible by a two-year funding agreement from the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative. Featuring a boot camp and three-month food accelerator program, Grow Coastal will find, fund and accelerate 12 ambitious food-related businesses in the region. Our vision is to create a more prosperous and connected food and agribusiness industry that celebrates the provenance and innovation of our region locally and globally. The Grow Coastal Program is designed especially with these goals in mind. There are so many benefits to being a part of our network and I hope businesses will take the opportunity to get involved. Whether you are an input supplier, primary producer, processor, restaurant, or a business providing goods and services to the industry, you will find the network useful. Member benefits include the opportunity to make valuable business connections. You will have access to professional development workshops that will enhance your business skills, as well as discounted

tickets (75%) to eight workshops and four networking events per year. FAN also runs a Mentoring for Success program provided by senior managers of successful Sunshine Coast companies. There is exclusive access to valuable food industry research, reports and government grants, as well as increased visibility and promotional opportunities for your business. There is no doubt that if you’re looking, you will also find new retail distribution channels and new customers within the FAN community. Joining is a simple online process and I encourage you to join today!

Jacqui Wilson-Smith, FAN Chairman

Jacqui heads Global Innovation, McCormick (including Gourmet Garden). Her insightful and energetic approach inspires others to embrace innovative thinking, challenge internal business practices, and refine and revise how, what and when we communicate — by looking through the lens of our customers. A founding board member of FAN, Jacqui, is passionate about seeing the food and agribusiness industry grow on the Sunshine Coast.

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