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Starting a Specialty Food Business Series

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The University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be offering a workshop series on Starting a Specialty Food Business. This workshop series is presented free of charge at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office located at 28 Center Street in Machias. Pre-registration is required. Please register by Friday, September 20th by contacting Tara Wood at 207.255.3345 or by e-mail at

The workshops in the series is as follows:

Starting a Specialty Food Business: Planning for Success
September 25, 2013
9:00 AM – 12 PM
Business planning is key to owning a successful business. Participants will learn the key questions that need to be addressed about yourself, the business, the customers and the competition before you move ahead. These and other planning issues will be discussed in the context of the business plan with a focus on developing a specialty food business.

Panel of Specialty Food Businesses
October 16, 2013
10:00 AM – 12 PM
A panel discussion by and insurance agency, banker, lawyer, and food business entrepreneur will give advice and answer questions.

Regulations/Licensing for Specialty Food Producers
November 12, 2013
9:00 AM – 12 PM
The workshop will provide participants with information on food safety labeling packaging and product development.  n addition, we will discuss food regulations and licenses.

Individual Business Counseling for Specialty Food Producers
November 19, 2013
Individuals taking the workshop series are encouraged to make 1 hr 15 minute appointments with Louis, Jim, and Beth for help and advice on business plans or questions about next steps.

Option:  Tour the Pilot Plant
Date and time to be announced
Participants will tour the tour the University of Maine to view the resources available to assist with food product development and research.


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