January 12, 2012

Starting A Food Business In Seattle

If you live in the Seattle area and have been thinking about starting a small food business of your own but don’t exactly know where to get started, I have not one but two options for you to consider.

This past Fall, Zoe-Ann Bartlett and I taught a Starting A Small Food Business class at the North Seattle Community College.  We are excited to announce that we have been invited back and will teaching the same course starting in February.  The class, which costs $125, runs four consecutive Tuesdays from 6p-9p starting Tuesday February 28th and will cover all aspects of how to start a successful food business including specifics about business licensing, health permits, food costing, and how to develop a business plan to make sure your business idea is viable and profitable.  If you’re interested in learning more about this noncredit course or want to sign up click here to be taken to the North Seattle Community College website.

The second option, targeted towards anyone who wants to start a home-based food business in Washington, is to attend the new one-day course we’ll be teaching at North Seattle Community College titled Home Cooked: Starting A Food Business In Your Kitchen.  Thanks to new changes in Washington state health permitting, it is now possible for small food entrepreneurs, who make items that aren’t considered potentially hazardous, to start a business from their own kitchen.  This course, which will take place on Saturday February 4th from 9a-5p will cover the new rules that  home-based food entrepreneurs need to be aware of as well as an overview of business licensing, potential sales channels, and marketing strategies for success.  For more information for this course or to sign up please click here.

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