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New Year…New Website…In 3, 2, 1…

start the new year off rightThe long-awaited new Small Food Business website is in the final (frantic) hours before we launch.  I’m so excited to show you the new site so keep your eye out in the next 24-48 hours for the project that a team of experts and I have been working on for the last four months.   Just like launching a new business, the new site will be about 98% perfect when it goes live with the remaining 2% being things I need to finish up.  I realized that I could just keep on tweaking forever so I’d rather launch and then make changes/adjustments as we go along.  Things may be a little quiet on this site for the next day or so as we work behind the scenes but I seriously can’t wait to unveil the new site design. Thanks for all your support and looking forward to seeing you – soon- on the new site.

Taking Calculated Risks

small business riskI posted this picture on the Small Food Business Instagram channel a few weeks ago.  What do you think of the caption? Read more

2013 Year In Pictures (VIDEO)

cameraAs we welcome in the new year, here’s a quick look back at some of my favorite Small Food Business pictures (posted on the Small Food Business Instagram account – @smallfoodbiz) in 2013. Read more

The Worst Food Product Launch Of 2013

failureWith the goal of keeping it relatively light since week since most folks are still mentally – if not physically – on vacation, I thought it would be fun to take a look at what was the worst food product launch of the year.  This one was so bad in fact that it not only wins the top spot for food, but it’s also on several lists as one of the top ten worst product launches, regardless of category, this year.  Take a peek, if you dare… Read more

Winter Food Business Webinar Schedule Is Here!

food webinarCheck out the full line-up of food business classes and webinars scheduled for the first few months of the year.  Space is limited so sign up soon if a class looks interesting to you.  Unless otherwise noted, these classes and webinars will be recorded and a copy of the recording will be made available to those who register to watch at a time that best suits them.  Read more

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Want A Healthy Business? Keep Fixed Expenses Down

opportunity cost small businessI had a meeting yesterday with a very successful small food entrepreneur who shared with me one of her secrets to success.  In fact, you’d probably say that she’s actually less of a small food entrepreneur and has moved up into the realm of ‘medium’ food entrepreneur given her sales figures and existing operations.  We had gotten talking about how expensive it can be to run a food business and how hard it can be to become profitable and she shared with me a tip she’d gotten years ago that has been a core part of her business strategy ever since. Read more

Projecting Revenue and Expenses for Your Small Business Budget

small business budgetingAs we talked about yesterday, figuring out how much revenue you’re expecting to make in the next year and calculating how much you’re going to spend is the cornerstone of a solid business budget.  But how can you keep it from just feeling like you’re pulling numbers out of the air? Read more

Creating A Budget For Your Small Business

small business budgetingNow, in the midst of presents being wrapped and holiday orders being shipped out, may not seem like the best time to sit down and figure out your small business budget for the next year, but it’s important to try to carve out some time to dedicate to the budgeting process before we welcome in another new year. Read more

Introducing The 2014 ‘Year In The Life Of A Food Entrepreneur’

CalendarSeveral months ago I first introduced the idea of following one food entrepreneur through their year to learn first hand from them the ups and downs they face throughout the year.  I received a flood of entrepreneurs all interested in sharing their stories (many of whom will be featured throughout the year in future Entrepreneurial Spotlights) and it was tremendously tough to choose, but ultimately I narrowed the field down to one small food business.  And so, let me introduce you to the Small Food Business 2014 ‘Year In The Life Of A Food Entrepreneur’… Read more