Food for Profit, November 19
Do you. . .
-make a specialty food item that friends and family often request?
– have additional produce from your garden that could be made into a value-added food product?
-envision marketing your family recipes?
-desire to generate more household income?
– dream of owning a food business?
If so, Food for Profit will help you put all the pieces together for your food business!
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.
Cooperative Extension’s Food for Profit workshop takes you 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 (through grocery stores, open-air markets, or restaurants).
Food for Profit is a very practical session, providing information that you will be able to use immediately to ensure that your business starts out and grows in a way that matches your 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 A discussion of the challenges and advantages of owning a food related business.
Legally Speaking Learn the role that local sanitarians will have in your venturea chance to talk about licensure and the inspection process.
Developing a Game Plan Your business idea must be do-able, marketable, and profitable to provide a reliable forecast about the feasibility of your business.
Niche Marketing The importance of accurately targeting your “first and best customer”; using the four P’s of price, product, placement, and promotion.
Safe Food Handling Appropriate food preparation and storage methods lengthen shelf life and lessen liability. The extra attention paid at a few specific points in your operation will save time for you, and improve product quality.
Packaging your Product Selecting the right packaging materials, labels, and the information provided can make or break your product’s future in the marketplace.
Financing your Business It takes money to make money! A discussion about self-financing, loans, and grants. Also covered is revenue generation through effective pricing
WVU Extension Service
Kanawha County Office
4700 MacCorkle Avenue SE Suite 101, Charleston, WV 25304
November 19, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Micro Agriculture Program!
Guyan Conservation District residents(Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo, Logan and Boone counties) are eligible for cost-share programs through the agricultural enhancement program. The Micro Agriculture Program is a cost share program that will reimburse up to 75% of the expense of commercially produced rain barrels, raised beds or composting structures. For more information please see the application form or contact the Guyan Conservation District office at: (304)-528-5718 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CATTLE OWNERS ALERTED TO BEGIN TAGGING ANIMALS USDA
TRACEABILITY RULES GO INTO EFFECT IN MARCH
New Soil Test Form and Procedure
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soil test form
This new procedure will allow you to submit your soil tests much quicker. You will need to supply your own bag(snack size ziploc, small sandwich, or other bag that can be tied or sealed) for this method. You only need to send about 1/2 cup of soil from your combined samples to be tested. You will be able to mail these in a regular envelope or a priority mailer(flat rate or standard) works well when sending multiple samples.
Please be sure to mail the samples to:
West Virginia University
College of Agriculture and Forestry
Soil Testing Laboratory
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
Once the tests are run the results are instantly sent via email to you and your local county agent!
If you have any questions please call (304)743-7131 or email us at CabellCountyExtension@mail.wvu.edu
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