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February 10, 2016

It’s Going To Take Longer Than You Anticipate

It’s, obviously, February which means that here in Seattle we have very short days and most of those days end up rainy and grey.  So perhaps it was the winter doldrums that were getting to me a bit as I talked with a business mentor about some projects I have lined up for the next…

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February 8, 2016

Legal Considerations For Small Food Businesses (PODCAST)

The legal ins and outs of operating a food business may, depending on what products you sell and how you plan to sell them, extend beyond obtaining your local health permits.  In this podcast, Lauren Handel of Foscolo & Handel, PLLC, also known as The Food Law Firm for their specialization in food business issues,…

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January 27, 2016

Optimizing Your Food Business Operations

We spend a lot of time on this site talking about marketing, finance, and sales & distribution, but it wasn’t until an engineer-turned-food business owner and I were recently talking that I realized how little time we’ve spent talking about the actual operations and processes inherent in food businesses.

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January 14, 2016

It’s The Hard Days That Make The Entrepreneur

Assuming that you didn’t win the insane Powerball lottery last night (for those who don’t know, when I last looked apparently the lottery had exceeded $1.5 billion…yes, with a b!); you’re probably staring down the same challenges and problems in your small business that you faced yesterday.  The good news though is that I’m going…

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January 12, 2016

Specialty Food 2016 Plate Of The Union Report

There’s no such thing as a crystal ball but this is the closest Small Food Business can give you – our most popular item, the annual Plate of the Union report.  Free to download, this 14-page report looks at the macro economic and consumer behavior factors that will impact the US food industry in 2016….

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