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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:

April 2, 2015

Entrepreneur Spotlight – O Made Granola

Olivia Tang Lui has her hands full between raising two small young girls and working full-time.  But that didn’t stop her from following her passion for entrepreneurship and turn her ‘real food’ granola into a thriving local business last Summer.  Like many small entrepreneurs, what she lacks in marketing dollars she makes up for with…

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January 26, 2015

Entrepreneur Spotlight – Ariadne Pure

Tasos Manouras may have come from a family business background, but that doesn’t mean that starting a business while being the primary caretaker of his growing family has been easy.  In this interview he shares with us a little about Ariadne Pure, a company focused on providing consumers and retailers with oils, vinegars, spreads, and…

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September 22, 2014

Entrepreneur Spotlight – CrunchDaddy Popcorn

When I was in graduate school I had to take some classes that went from 6 – 9p.  As a reward for staying awake through fun classes with titles like ‘Money Markets & The Fed,’ I used to make myself some popcorn to munch on during class.*  My basic butter flavor was nothing in comparison to…

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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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