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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:

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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September 24, 2013

Entrepreneur Spotlight – Greenlid Smoothies

Andrea Talley’s San Francisco-based Greenlid Smoothies company is on the fast track growth-wise.  She officially started the company earlier this year and has already created a strong revenue stream by delivering to businesses, is about to open a kiosk location, is gaining new customers daily through numerous pop-up shops, and is looking to add more stores…

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September 12, 2013

Small Food Biz Bite – Catching Up With Persephone Bakery (VIDEO)

In Handmade: How Eight Everyday People Became Artisan Food Entrepreneurs and Their Recipes For Success, I had the chance to interview Kevin and Ali Cohane who had, at that time, recently started up Persephone Bakery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  It’s been about 18 months since I last talked to them and in the interim they’ve grown…

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August 23, 2013

Entrepreneurial Spotlight – Nuttzo

At first blush, Danielle LiVolsi might sound like so many other mompreneurs you hear about these days whose kids were the inspiration behind NuttZo, the nut and seed butter company she started five years ago.  But the story is so much more than that…

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