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October 25, 2018

Embracing The Entrepreneurial Journey (PODCAST)

It’s safe to say that few things go as initially planned when it comes to entrepreneurship. This doesn’t mean you can’t grow and build the successful business you’re dreaming of. But rather, how you get there may be very different than what you initially envisioned. We talk about that in this podcast with Eden Cheesecake…

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October 23, 2018

McDonald’s Changes Menu Based On Consumer Demand

Health trends affect everyone in the industry – even those we might consider ‘untouchable’ like McDonald’s. The company recently announced that they were taking artificial preservatives out of all of their burgers in an effort to be more in-line with consumers who are demanding cleaner food items.

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October 18, 2018

Staying Smart On Trends

The latest food trend is always so tempting, isn’t it. The promise that if you just add X and Y then people might flock to your products is a hard siren call to resist. The thing is, you’re not the only one thinking that and instead of creating a diversified product you end up potentially…

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October 16, 2018

PilotWorks Kitchen Shuts Abruptly

It was heartbreaking to hear the news over the weekend that PilotWorks, a shared commercial kitchen space with locations in Brooklyn, Chicago, Portland, Newark, and Dallas abruptly shut their doors Saturday night. PilotWorks was aiming, it appears, to be the ‘WeWork’ co-working space for food entrepreneurs. And certainly the need was there was the company…

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October 11, 2018

When Naming Your Food Business – Don’t Narrow Your Own Options

One thing I talk about when I teach in-person food entrepreneurship classes in Seattle is that part of the business creation process includes coming up with a name for your business. While many of us start with our businesses with one particular business concept in mind – for example, ‘cupcakes’, it’s important not to create…

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October 9, 2018

Blockchain Technology Enters Mainstream Food Industry

If you listen to the Small Food Business podcasts, you may remember an episode a few months ago where we talked about the potential impact of blockchain on the food industry. In the podcast though it was mentioned that when/if blockchain ultimately ever really impacted the food industry was unknown. Well, it looks like it’s…

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