If you have a passion for food, would you like to earn money doing what you love? This class is for anyone who wants to start and run a profitable part- or full-time business with minimal start-up money. Whether you've always envisioned yourself with a small food business, would like a second source of income, or simply want to be your own boss, this class will guide you step-by-step through the entire process. From your initial business plan through delivery of products to your customers, you will learn how to implement market research; price, label, and package products; find wholesale and retail customers; set up a simple bookkeeping system; and begin the process to obtain necessary legal permits. If you cannot use your home kitchen, alternatives will be discussed. Leave class with a business plan, a checklist for moving ahead, and a resource list for further exploration. Please note: About a week prior to class, we’ll send you a business plan. Please read the form and bring it to class, along with any product you may want us to evaluate.
About the instructor: Mimi Shotland Fix, author of Start & Run a Home-Based Food Business and Home Baking for Profit, began a licensed home kitchen business in 1979. She has since owned and operated several successful retail bakeries, worked as head baker and pastry chef for multiple restaurants, was featured in Cooking Light magazine, developed products for corporate food companies, and tested ovens for a major appliance company. Later she returned to school for an MA in writing and food studies. Ms. Fix owns a culinary consulting firm and teaches business and hands-on baking classes in several local colleges. Her website BakingFix.com provides continued support for small food businesses.