Okay, let me put another proposition on the table.
Suppose you have a 200 hive operation, fairly successful, but it takes all your spare time above your normal job and family responsibilities. You raise your bees, harvest the honey, sell at farmer's markets and wholesale through a couple of grocery stores.
Suppose you want to approach an "investor," one who will put up some cash for expansion. You can add more hives, open new markets, allowing you to quit your "day job," and continue your devotion to the bees.
What kind of deal would you offer? They don't want to mess with the bees, they see your success and want a slice of the financial pie and allow you to pursue your passion. They are an investor and not a partner.
Suppose, as well, that you are not financially pressed, operate relatively debt-free, and really enjoy the bees.
Any thoughts? How would you market such an idea?