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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 20, 2011

Bag It Up

Regardless of the type of food business you run (or want to run!), there are numerous times when you may need a bag for your products.   Cellophane bags are a great way to showcase your products and help preserve freshness but their impact on the environment is less than ideal.  Complicating matters is the fact…

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April 19, 2011

Setting The Table with Environmentally-Friendly Options

Depending on the type of food business you run (or want to run) you may need to provide plates, napkins, takeaway containers, or cutlery to your customers.   While not glamorous, these items are a necessity to many a small food business and if you’re looking for one-time use/disposable items it’s great to know that there…

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April 18, 2011

Eco-Friendly Food Packaging

I didn’t mean to have two theme weeks back-to-back but with Earth Day this Friday it seemed like the perfect opportunity to talk about eco-friendly packaging options.   Depending on what and how you sell your food, packaging can say a great deal about your company and can add to your brand.   And whether ‘natural’ is…

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April 15, 2011

How Potential Tax Law Changes May Impact Food Entrepreneurs

Since it’s tax day here in the US and hopefully you already have your taxes posted for the year (if you don’t, why are you reading this – get to work!) I thought it made sense to focus on some upcoming tax law changes that are set to take effect in 2012.   The big one that has…

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April 14, 2011

Guest Post – How Do You Know When It’s Time To Hire A Bookkeeper?

If you’re scrambling around today trying to finish up your personal taxes and get them to the mailbox before the stroke of midnight tomorrow then the last thing you may want to deal with is also filing business taxes and keeping your business accounting books up-to-date.   Even if your taxes have been finished for months,…

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April 13, 2011

Is Your Business A Business Or A Hobby In the Eyes of The IRS?

Not long after I was married my husband’s accountant, who was responsible for filing our personal taxes, asked me point-blank if my business was real or not.   Having just dedicated what felt like my life and soul to getting the business up and running I just about hit the roof when he asked that.  How…

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