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Education - Recipe to Market 6-Part Workshop

Do your friends and family rave about your homemade chowder, blueberry jam, ice cream, fudge or other special food product? They say you should sell it and make a fortune. You wonder if they’re right, and if you have the drive and personality to run a business.

Participants of the Recipe to Market 6-part workshop will learn about licensing, how to prepare and package their food product safely, to access potential profits, and discover some of the resources available to support them in business development.

Participants must have a specific food product or recipe in mind and are expected to attend all sessions.

This program is for individuals currently operating a value-added business or those seriously considering one.

Cost: $35. Partial scholarships are available.

We’re sorry, the April-May 2014 Recipe to Market 6-part workshop is cancelled. Another workshop will be offered in the fall of 2014, location TBA.

Series Presenters:

  • Dr. Beth Calder, Extension Food Science Specialist, Assistant Professor, School of Food & Agriculture, University of Maine
  • Dr. James C. McConnon, Extension Business and Economics Specialist, Professor, School of Economics, University of Maine
  • Kathy Hopkins, Extension Professor, and Debra Kantor, Associate Extension Professor, UMaine Extension, Somerset County
  • Donna Coffin, Extension Professor, UMaine Extension, Piscataquis/Penobscot Counties

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Donna Coffin or Kathy Hopkins to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 14 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered. For assistance via a TTY line call 1.800.287.8957.


Are You an Entrepreneur? What Is Involved?
Beth, Kathy, and Donna will facilitate activities to explore aspects of starting a food business.

Business Realities
Jim will talk about developing a business plan and will cover topics such as: market research, business structure, insurance, pricing, promotion and sales options.

Developing Your Product and Process
Beth will discuss UMaine resources, food safety, labeling, processing and packaging, which are critical factors in starting a successful food product business.  Ronda Stone, an inspector from the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry will discuss food regulations and licenses.

Resource Panel
A panel discussion by an insurance agency, banker, attorney and food business entrepreneur will give advice and answer questions.

Individual Business Counseling – Somerset County
Participants may make a 30-minute appointment with Beth, Jim and Kathy to get input on their written business plan, help with questions and advice about next steps.  Arrive with questions!

Individual Business Counseling – Piscataquis County
Participants may make a 30-minute appointment with Beth, Jim and Donna get input on their written business plan, help with questions and advice about next steps.  Arrive with questions!

Pilot Plant Tours are optional. Participants will meet at the University of Maine at Orono, School of Food & Agriculture. They will see the equipment and resources available to assist with food product development research.

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University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Contact Information

Cooperative Extension: Food & Health
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or 800.287.8957 (TDD)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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