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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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September 19, 2016

In The Mix When It Comes To Obtaining Grants (Part 2 of 2) (PODCAST)

Continuing our earlier podcast discussion with Dawn Meader McCausland, in today’s podcast we go more in-depth about the logistics of obtaining grants.  Please note, in this podcast we refer back to material mentioned in Part 1 of this podcast series.  You can listen to/read the transcript that podcast interview by clicking here. Play in…

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September 15, 2016

Food Prices Mid Year Review – It’s A Mixed Bag

Depending on what ingredients you use in your products, you may be finding that your costs are much lower than anticipated or higher than this time last year.  A quick look at the latest report from the USDA (which currently shows information through July 2016) explains why:

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September 6, 2016

The Basics Of Grants For Food Businesses (Part 1 of 2) (PODCAST)

Are grants really a way for small businesses to get free money that doesn’t need to be paid back?  This is just one of the myths about grants that we cover in today’s podcast along with information about how to find whether or not grants may be applicable to your business.  Join us for this…

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August 30, 2016

Accounting For Sampling

Samples are part of the game when it comes to the food industry.  It may be samples that you’re handing out at the farmers’ market in order to allow potential customers to taste your products.  It may be packaged samples that you send to buyers in the hopes that they’ll like what they see and…

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July 21, 2016

Now More Spreadsheets In The Food Product Cost & Pricing Tool

Without a doubt, the food product cost and pricing spreadsheet tool is the top downloaded item from this site.  However, many of you have told me that the 30 recipes it comes with is not enough for your food businesses.  I love when you share feedback with me because it helps me make changes that…

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