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How to Start a Food Business: 4-Part Series

Join WBDC for one of its most popular courses! Hear from successful entrepreneurs and food business experts who can help you bring your product to market.
How to Start a Food Business: 4-Part Series
February 4th, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
What You'll Gain:
  • Understand the basic requirements of what it takes to start a food business
  • Hear from industry experts and successful business owners about their experience working in the food industry
Cost: $80.00

Do you have a great idea for a food product? Have you ever considered the possibility of opening a restaurant, bakery or food service establishment? Launching a food business can be the most challenging of all businesses. Learn about public health issues, local legalities, start-up costs, marketing and business sustainability.

This informative and interactive four-night series will provide you with an understanding of the basic requirements and insights into what it takes to be successful. At each session you will hear from industry experts, successful business owners and WBDC’s own business specialists.

Session I: The Basic Ingredients – Provides an overview and trends in the food industry, the current Connecticut food landscape and the legal requirements to start a food service or food manufacturing business, including health requirements, state licensing and registration.

Session II: Whipping Up A Food Experience – Learn what it takes to launch a retail food business from our panel of experts. Gain insight into the key costs, challenges and opportunities.

Session III: From Recipe to Store Shelf – Learn about starting a food manufacturing business – prepared food products sold in stores, farmers’ markets and/or websites. What does it take to get placement? How do you market once in the store? How do you mass produce? Hear one business owner’s story, meet our experts who can open doors for you, and connect you with people who can help you get your products in alignment with the industry.

Session IV: Rolling Out A Plan – We roll up our sleeves and begin to roll out your food business plan. We will discuss why careful planning is critical to your success, help you to understand the components of a business plan, review your business concept and evaluate its viability. To wrap up this session, we will discuss start-up costs and understanding viable funding resources.

February 4, 6, 11, 13

Time:6:00pm – 8:30pm

Pre-registration Required

Location: Shelton

Registration and material fee: $80

Reduced-fee scholarships are available to those who qualify based on income guidelines. Call the office for details 203-751-9550.

Instructor: Joshua Hecht, Mark Moeller, and other professionals
Title: Attorney, Food & Standards Division, Restaurant Consultant, Restaurant Owner, Public Relations, Food Creators, Finance Management
Bio: Caplan & Hecht, LLC, Department of Consumer Protection, The Recipe of Success
Register for How to Start a Food Business: 4-Part Series
Terms of Service: WBDC is a nonprofit organization, required by its funders to collect data requested on this form. WBDC places great value on your personal privacy and the confidential facts and figures you disclose concerning your business activities. Information concerning you and your business is kept strictly confidential and is reported only in aggregate unless prior approval is received from you. WBDC is able to offer its programs and services at afforable and/or reduced rates due to the support of Federal, State, Municipal, Corporate and Individual contributors and the programs or services you participate in are either partially or fully subsidized.

Small Business AssociationThis program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. We make reasonable accommodations for access by persons with disabilities.