Food Biz Day

Insight, Education & Marketplace

Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 9:30-4pm Conference | 4:30-6pm Marketplace

Des Moines, WA - Highline College Student Union Building

Food Biz Day: Insight, Education & Marketlace

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 Entrepreneur Speaker will kick off the day with a high energy speaker addressing the importance of diversity in food entrepreneurship.
  • 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
    • 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
  • Panel Discussion this year will focus on diversity in food entrepreneurship. Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs and leaders working to break down barriers and expand diversity in the food industry.
  • Mid-day Meal & Resource Fair
  • Food Entrepreneur Marketplace will feature selected food business entrepreneurs with less than $50,000 in annual revenues the previous year get to table for FREE. Business with more than $50,000 annual revenues will pay $100 to secure a table alongside a ‘newbie.’ Food Biz Day attendees, the general public, food supporters, and regional grocery store buyers will get a chance to taste and buy products from some great regional food businesses.

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