Intellectual capital is the stock of knowledge, innovation, and creativity or
imagination in a region. Imagination is what allows us to create new knowledge and
discover new ways of relating. Investment in intellectual capital is through research
and development and support for activities that engage the imagination, as well as
diffusion of new knowledge and applications. Earnings from intellectual capital include
inventions, new discoveries, new knowledge, and new ways of seeing.
Individual capital is the stock of skills and physical and mental healthiness of
people in a region. Investments in human capital include spending on skill development
(e.g. literacy, numeracy, computer literacy, technical skills, etc.) and health
maintenance and improvement. Earnings from investments in human capital include
psychic and physical energy for productive engagement and capacity to apply existing
knowledge and internalize new knowledge to increase productivity.

Showman Farms: Conneauttee Creamery

Showman's picture

Grass-fed milk is absolutely the best! And all our special Artisan Cheeses are made from the freshest grass-fed milk right here on the farm. Our cheese-making methods are traditional and our recipes old world. We create cheese by the hard work of our hands. All our cheese is made in small batches, artisan form, with the bare minimum of main ingredients: milk, salt, rennet. We use no additives or preservatives, so our cheeses are not only better tasting, but healthier. Our goal is not to make or sell the most cheese, but to produce the best tasting, highest quality cheese.

Carbon Cycle Engineering

dwightmitchell's picture
Carbon Cycle Engineering is located in the Appalachian bio-region of the Ohio Valley and the Wayne National Forest. The mission of the company is to provide consulting and design services for developing practical and appropriate solutions for under-served small to medium size niche farms and food processors. The goal is to provide a progressive design and management service that improves efficiency, profitability, and sustainability for the client's enterprise and the surrounding bio-region.

Shagbark Seed & Mill Expansion: Appalachian Heirloom Popcorn

M.Ajamian B.Jaeger's picture

Shagbark Seed & Mill, a certified organic seed cleaning and flour milling facility that markets grains, dry beans, flours, chips, crackers and pasta–all grown in Ohio–proposes to expand its Heirloom Popcorn line to a bagged, ready-to-eat product, and market it as an Appalachian product, since the variety has been long grown in our region. We are seeking partners to assess the market, pioneering farmers from the Appalachian region to grow heirloom varieties of popcorn, and potentially investors into various aspects of the value chain including equipment.

Bloomtown: An Sheltered Workshop for Adults with Disabilities

Steve Fortenberry's picture

Bloomtown will provide a safe, nurturing, and productive agricultural environment for adults with disabilities, setting itself apart from other workshops in the area with its superior facilities, agricultural expertise, and its leadership in training methods and tools to equip adults with disabilities to find employment in integrated community work settings.

Camp Joseph Badger Meadows Agritourism

Steve Fortenberry's picture

Camp Joseph Badger Meadows (JBM) is a 235 acre church camp supported by 50+ churches of Eastminster Presbytery--a district of Presbyterian churches which includes churches in Akron, Barberton, Cuyahoga Falls, Kent, Warren, Youngstown, and Lisbon. While JBM has, at this point, no separate legal standing apart from the Presbytery, the camp's budget, operations, and programming are the responsibility of the camp committee, consisting of an approximately equal number of clergy and lay persons from the presbytery.

Locavore's Prepared Foods

Carter McGary's picture

Thank you for the opportunity to share my idea with you!

As an entrepreneur and budding businessman, I'm hoping to combine my passions and strengths by starting a business that will make prepared meals (breakfasts, sack lunches, entrees and sides for dinner) that customers can take home and eat with their family (or in the case of breakfast/lunch perhaps take to work!) The large portion of each meal would be locally sourced and bent towards the healthy eater.

30 Mile Meal, Lake-to-River OH/PA

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The 30 Mile Meal is a local food branding and promotional campaign that aims to provide a shared identity for the many farmers, specialty and value-added food producers, retail markets, food events and independently-owned eateries and bars featuring locally sourced menus in the area. The campaign will enable these stakeholders to leverage the growth of dozens of farm stands, farmers markets, farm-to-school programs and local food and urban farming initiatives in the area to build a local food economy united under the 30 Mile Meal brand. 

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