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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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Entrepreneur Interviews:

July 17, 2014

Entrepreneur Spotlight – ‘Chups

July is a month of picnics and bar-b-ques and neither is complete without that old staple – ketchup.   Today we’re talking to Matt and Kori Wallace, the husband and wife team behind ‘Chups which is taking a new twist on ketchup by going really old school.

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June 16, 2014

Entrepreneur Spotlight – Lágrima Vanilla Extract

To make the best vanilla extract, you need the very best ingredients and you must take a longer time frame approach in order to let the vanilla age and allow the flavor to develop naturally.   The four partners behind Lágrima, makers of handcrafted, pure vanilla extract, take that exact same long-term horizon when it comes to…

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May 15, 2014

Entrepreneur Spotlight – Eli Mason

Warmer days have many of us thinking of Summery cocktails but the hassle of trying to create bar-quality cocktails at home can be intimidating to many.  That was what originally led Luke Duncan, owner of Eli Mason, to create cocktail mixers for friends and family but when a friend-of-a-friend tried it at his bar and started reordering…

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March 17, 2014

Entrepreneur Spotlight – Hummus Chick

The name, Hummus Chick, is a play on words.  Not only is the founder, Javaneh Hemmat, a woman (hence – a ‘chick’) but hummus is also made from chickpeas.  This playful name itself says a lot about how Java approaches the creation of new flavors. 

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February 11, 2014

A Year In The Life Of A Food Entrepreneur – Month 1

Last year I introduced to you Aletha Thomas of Hawaii-based Monkeypod Jam.  Throughout this year we’re going to follow Aletha through the ups and downs of small business ownership as told in her own words.  For this first installment, Aletha wanted to share with us what a typical day in her busy entrepreneurial life looks like which includes letting…

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January 21, 2014

Entrepreneur Spotlight – Kerry-Ann’s Cake Boutique

I’m just back from the Fancy Food Show and I’ll share with you some of the highlights and insights in tomorrow’s article, but today I wanted to introduce you to our first Entrepreneur Spotlight of the year.  Not only is this specialty baker the first of the year, but Kerry Wilson is also our first international spotlight.  Coming to us…

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