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Creating a successful food business takes more than just good recipes.  In addition to making a great product, you also have to build a strong brand, engage with your customers, and grow sales.   Learn more about the different components of small food business ownership.

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August 24, 2015

Disaster Recovery – Is Your Small Business Ready?

I’m writing this post while toggling back and forth between local news sources and texts coming in on my cell phone.  My beloved Methow Valley, located in the North Central Cascade Mountains in Washington State, is burning.  Two of the biggest towns in the Valley have been evacuated and my family’s cabin has bulldozers near…

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August 20, 2015

Undone by Rapid Growth

Many small entrepreneurs believe that if only their business could grow that then all their problems would be solved.  Like anything though, rapid growth comes with its own set of issues and can, believe it or not, actually be your undoing.

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August 11, 2015

Putting Processes In Place To Save Your Sanity

Many of us left the corporate world to get away from red tape and ‘processes’, so the idea that I’m sitting here encouraging you to put processes in place may seem like the last thing you want to do.  But bear with me for a few minutes and just hear me out…

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July 30, 2015

Accounting For Food Waste

The idea of food waste – be it the carrot greens you’re throwing away or the perishable products that didn’t sell at the farmers’ markets – are big topics of conversation lately in the food world (see below for some of the articles that have recently been published on other sites about food waste both…

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July 28, 2015

Making Sure You Don’t Run Out Of (Cash) Runway

Sadly, ’tis the season.  The season for businesses that started full of enthusiasm and vigor in the Spring to be shutting their doors come mid-late Summer.  This happens every year but this year in particular seems bad and, sadly, it always comes down to one of two main problems.

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