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Early guidance helps new food businesses
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- An upcoming workshop will help new food businesses learn how to battle the stiff odds and succeed.
“Food as a Business” is a day-long video conference Aug. 28 sponsored by Mississippi State University’s Extension Service, the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion and the Small Business Development Center. Also taking part as a sponsor is the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship with the Mississippi University for Women.
“We designed this conference for anyone who has ever dreamed of owning and operating their own food processing business,” said Anna Hood, Extension professor. “Participants can experience firsthand what is required for basic start-up in a food manufacturing or wholesale distribution business.”
Topics to be covered include business plans, legal issues, marketing, Internet sales, food processing regulations, labeling regulations, funding sources, and product costing and pricing. Speakers will address how to work with retailers and the “Make Mine Mississippi” program.
Satellite site locations include the MSU campus, Cleveland, Hattiesburg, Raymond and Verona.
Registration is $35 by Aug.18, which includes breaks, lunch and conference materials.