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Conference & Marketplace

Saturday March 7  |  8-2pm Conference  |  2-4:30pm Marketplace

Des Moines, WA – Highline College Student Union Building

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Food Biz Day is a daylong event focused on providing insight, education, and networking for food entrepreneurs. The day will be a combination of speakers, breakouts, and panel discussions followed by a food entrepreneur’s marketplace where newbies can table their products alongside more seasoned food business owners. The following is a breakdown of days activities:

Food Biz Day Conference 9:30am-4pm

  • Registration and Coffee
  • Opening Remarks and Food Business Resource Center Ribbon Cutting
  • Opening Panel: Diversity in Food Businesses Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs and leaders working to break down barriers and expand diversity in the food industry.
  • Breakout Sessions will focus on helping food entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses. Topics to include:
    • How to use market research to grow your business
    • Building a solid business plan
    • Understanding financials and knowing your margins
    • Navigating the permitting process
    • Introduction to lean manufacturing introduction
    • Starting your catering business
    • Home-based food businesses
    • Packing and Labeling - tips and tricks from a graphic designer
    • How to source regional produce
    • What you need to know about food traceability and FSMA
    • Food Truck 101
    • Grocery buyers tell all: what they look for and what they need from you

Lunch included!

Marketplace 2:30-6pm

Food Biz Day is followed by a food marketplace, designed for startup and early stage small business owners who would like a chance to provide samples and sell their products in exchange for feedback and vending experience.

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A day of insight, resources and product sharing for new and established food businesses.

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Interested in being an Event Sponsor? View our Sponsor Guide or contact alyssap@businessimpactnw.org

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