Cultivate Small Business


You’ve built a great food business. We can help you move it forward.

Join a select group of businesses that are speeding up their growth with Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business program.



Take your food business to the next level.

Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business program is designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs like you: women, minorities, and immigrants working to build and sustain food-related businesses in emergent neighborhoods in the Greater Boston area. The program provides you with industry specific education, networks and mentoring, as well as small capital grants. Here are some of the types of food businesses we can help.
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    Food Manufacturing

    Master new ways to manage your supply chain to lower cost and increase quality. Find new suppliers, stores, and restaurants to distribute your products. There is even funding available to help implement new technology solutions or update machinery.

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    Food Processing

    Open up your network of manufacturers, technologists and distributors. Learn how you can increase sales, lower costs, and improve efficiency. You could even get a grant to upgrade equipment, expand distribution capabilities, or increase floor space.

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    Food Service

    Access technologies to improve your customer service. Find trusted new vendors with better products and lower prices. You may even get money to help renovate your kitchen or remodel your dining area.

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    Food Technology

    Meet food business owners who need your solutions. Discover new management techniques to help your team deliver on time and on budget. You may also be eligible for capital to help upgrade your infrastructure, or lease that new, larger office space.

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    Other Food Businesses

    Network with inner-city food business owners. Forge partnerships and find new clients or vendors. You may even qualify for grants to help improve and expand your business.

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