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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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April 23, 2015

How Do Small Businesses Finance Growth?

Finding the capital to grow is oftentimes the trickiest part of the entrepreneurial equation.  So the National Small Business Association asked entrepreneurs whether they’d had to seek outside funding or financing of any type in the last year and, if so, what methods they’d been able to successful raise funds from.   

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March 31, 2015

Food Production Sales & Par Tool

One of the biggest issues food producers run into is knowing how much product to make.  Waste – the throwing out of good product because it’s gone bad – can eat away at your profit margin quicker than you can boil a pot of water.  Even if you’re not making a perishable product, knowing how…

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March 23, 2015

US Credit Cards Set To Change – Is Your Business Ready?

About 9 months ago I went to France with my parents.  We toured Provence which basically meant eating our way through the beautiful, lavender-covered countryside.  When not eating amazing warm baguettes or drinking wine with lunch (it was hard to stop that habit when I returned to the US!), we were driving from quaint medieval…

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March 16, 2015

The Cost Of Freight And Impact On Your Business

Today’s article was sparked by a conversation I had with a food entrepreneur who mentioned that he keeps a very close eye on freight costs.  At first I thought he meant the costs associated with shipping out his products, but he clarified for me that what he watches is the cost of freight for the…

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January 9, 2015

Planning To Grow In 2015? Do You Have The Cash To Pull It Off?

Growing your business is a great step for your business, but growth rarely occurs for free.  If one of your new year’s business goals is to grow your business then you need to determine how much capital is going to be needed to pull that off and where that capital is coming from.

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November 21, 2014

What Ever Happened With The JOBS Act?

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (also known as the JOBS Act), was signed into law in April 2012 to great fanfare.  The crux of the law, for small businesses, was to enable companies to crowd fund capital from non accredited investors in exchange for equity.  Currently, small businesses who raise money via crowd funding…

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