About the Food Business Portal
The Franklin County Food Business Portal is a free one-stop collection of resources and information to help Franklin County entrepreneurs successfully plan, launch, and grow their food business.
The Food Business Portal is an initiative of the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan and was developed by the Joint City-County Local Food Team and a Project Team of community stakeholders working under the leadership of the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Board. The Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan provides common goals and actions to unify the efforts of the City of Columbus and Franklin County in growing, processing, transporting, selling, consuming and disposing of food.
Staff from Franklin County Economic Development & Planning and the Franklin County Data Center developed the Food Business Portal’s content and web platform. The Project Team that informed the development of the Food Business Portal included representatives from Bricker & Eckler, Columbus Department of Development, Columbus Public Health (CPH), Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), Finance Fund, Food Conscious, Franklin County Economic Development & Planning (EDP), Franklin County Local Food Council (FCLFC), Huntington Bank, OSU Extension, OSU Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), The Renewables Space, Small Business Administration - Columbus District Office, and the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College.