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Penn State Extension to Offer Food for Profit Class

Have you ever been told that your favorite homemade bread, or salsa, is “good enough to sell?” Do you have additional fruit or vegetables from your farm or home garden that you would like to make into a commercial product?

Then, Penn State Extension’s Food for Profit workshop is perfect for you. The seminar will help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting-up a commercial food business. The course will take place at the Penn State Extension Monroe County Office, 724 Phillips Street, Stroudsburg, PA, on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How Can Food for Profit Help Me?

Food for Profit will take you step-by-step through the entrepreneurial process. It will provide you with the information and skills to assess if your idea will be something that will sell at a profit. Conducting a feasibility study to see if your concept is a good business idea, performing marketing research, and beginning to draft a business plan are a few of the concrete tools taught by certified instructors and business experts. By attending this class, you can learn how to evaluate the opportunities on paper before you look for funding or take action, which will save money and time.

Who Should Attend the Course?

If you want to develop the skills to be innovative and visionary in your business – to grow your food venture – you will enjoy and benefit from this course. If you’re searching for innovative ideas about how to get your enterprise off the ground, this program is for you!

Registration Information:

Food for Profit will meet from 9 am to 4:30 pm, on Saturday, May 17, at the Penn State Extension Monroe County Office, 724 Phillips Street, Stroudsburg, PA. The fee is of $45 per person and includes all materials and lunch. Pre-registration is required and can be done on-line at http://extension.psu.edu/food-safety/entrepreneurs or by calling the registration coordinator at 717-921-8803.

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit coupons will also be accepted; MAFC members should check with their local Farm Credit Office for details.

For further information, contact Extension Educator Winifred McGee, wwm1@psu.edu, 717-921-8803. Pre-payment and registration are required.