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About Us

Jennifer Lewis

Despite the fact I’d spent several years studying entrepreneurship, when starting and running my own company I realized there was a lack of information and resources available for small food business entrepreneurs.



The Small Food Business Mission : To empower and inspire food entrepreneurs by providing up-to-date industry news as well as the regulatory, business, and strategic information they need to successfully compete in today’s marketplace.

I was shocked when I started my own small food company and realized that there was a lack of resources specific to starting, running, and growing a food business.  Between having worked as a professional pastry chef for luxury hotels and bakeries and having earned my MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, I (naively!) figured ‘how hard can it be’ and in 2006 started my own small food company.

The answer, I soon learned, was that it’s a lot harder than it looks!  While I achieved success with clients like Neiman Marcus and Frontgate selling my products, it was a steep learning curve.  Everything I’d been taught about business and everything I read about business was geared towards technology or services businesses, not our wild, wacky, and highly regulated world of food!

So I learned as I went along, basing what I could on my background and education and also talking to everyone I could find for advice and knowledge.  The more I talked with other entrepreneurs, the more I realized that there was a need for resources that artisan food owners and aspiring food entrepreneurs could trust and refer to when they had questions or encountered challenges.  This site is my attempt to create that type of resourceful artisan food community I always wished existed and I hope you’ll join the conversation.

When not writing about or researching the world of artisan food business ownership, you can usually find me running around the lake with my husband and dogs or baking with one or more of my three favorite ingredients – chocolate, butter, and sugar.  I honestly love nothing more than talking ‘business’ with other entrepreneurs so please don’t hesitate to drop me a line with any comments, questions, or suggestions.

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Contact Email: info (at) smallfoodbiz (dot) com

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