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.
University of Maryland Extension's Food for Profit workshop takes its "students" step by step through the information necessary to start and run a small food product business. Although appropriate for any food business owners who want to develop their venture proactively, the workshop is especially directed to individuals who will be making and packing their products for resale.
Food for Profit is a very practical session, providing information that can be used immediately to ensure a business starts out and grows in a way that matches the owner's vision and goals. Guiding food entrepreneurs through the initial steps to start a business, this workshop combines educational presentations, guest speakers and a highly interactive learning environment to address getting started, regulations, developing a plan, food safety, packaging and financing.
Sessions are being held around the state. Fall sessions for Harford County Extension Office in Forest Hill is Oct. 11. The tuition of $40 per person includes all materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the event and may be accomplished on-line at http://www.foodforprofit.eventbrite.com or by calling the hosting extension office. This program is open to anyone interested in food enterprises.