Getting Started: Penn State Fact Sheets

An entrepreneur is a builder—one who sees an opportunity, sizes up its value, and finds the resources to make the most of it. Entrepreneurs are innovators introducing something new to the marketplace, putting a different spin on a product or a process. Browse the information on food regulations and food processing technology, or if you just getting started, read our Food For Profit fact sheets and find a Food For Profit workshop near you.

Food for Profit fact sheets were written to help you understand what it takes to start a food business in Pennsylvania. You can download them from this site or order paper copies from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

Starting any business is no easy task, and becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. You'll have to prepare yourself for the hard work and dedication it takes to succeed in the food business. This fact sheet provides some considerations in becoming a food entrepreneur.

Before starting your new food business, you need a clear vision of how you want your business to operate; how it will be managed, marketed, and financed; and how you expect it to perform in the future. To achieve this goal, you need to write a business plan.

When most people think about the term “marketing,” they usually have one type of activity in mind: advertising. Marketing is actually much more than simply advertising; it is everything you do to promote your business and your food products, from the moment you conceive of a product to the point at which customers buy it. It involves researching, selling, distributing, and promoting your product

Setting up a food-processing business in your home has advantages and disadvantages. This fact sheet provides considerations for how to set up your food-processing business.

All businesses need to comply with local, state, and federal registration procedures in order to legally operate. Food-processing businesses are no exception. This fact sheet from Penn State will help you learn about how to register your food business in Pennsylvania.

No matter how careful you are to ensure that your work environment and products are safe, accidents do happen. As a business owner, you will be held responsible for any harm that comes to your employees, visitors who come to your establishment, and consumers who eat your products.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) Bureau of Food Safety and Laboratory Services is responsible for enforcing food regulations and inspecting food establishments.

Food label regulations are enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and dictate the type of information that must be on the label and where the label can be placed on the package. Exact requirements for your package size and type can be confusing. Before you have labels printed, make sure you have met all labeling requirements.

There is a difference between price and pricing. The price is the amount of money you want for each product unit. Pricing is the process you need to go through to figure out what price to attach to each unit. Pricing, therefore, is a strategic process that you must learn, and use, for business success. Pricing strategies can be divided into two methods: competition-based pricing and cost based pricing. Each method has own advantages and disadvantages.