Penn State Extension to Offer Food for Profit Class
Posted: April 30, 2012
Have you ever been told that your favorite homemade bread, or salsa, is “good enough to sell?” Do you have additional fruit or vegetables from your farm or home garden that you would like to make into a commercial product?
Whether it’s making gourmet jams or jellies, baking bread and cakes, catering festive events or creating and packaging special dinners for one, food related businesses are becoming increasingly popular as a way to earn a living or to add to your income. The cook’s creative flair, combined with business practicality will succeed even in tough economic times, if the enterprise is given the appropriate research and planning before its launch.
Penn State Extension’s Food for Profit, is a one-day workshop designed to help entrepreneurs work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts. These issues must be considered before setting up a commercial food business. Food for Profit is a very practical session, providing information that attendees are able to use immediately to ensure that their business starts out and grows in ways that match their vision and goals.
This workshop will go step-by-step through the entrepreneurial process, providing the information and skills to assess if ideas will be something that will sell at a profit. Conducting a feasibility study (to see if yours is a good business idea), performing marketing research, and beginning to draft a business plan are a few of the concrete tools taught by certified instructors and business experts.
Join us to to learn how to evaluate the opportunities on paper before looking for funding or take action. Develop the skills to be innovative and visionary, to grow your food venture and gain innovative ideas about how to get your enterprise off the ground!
Penn State Extension Food for Profit will meet from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm., on Tuesday, June 12th at PennStateAbington@611.