Upcoming Changes To Small Food Business
Over the past few months, as some of you know, I’ve been working behind the scenes with a team of busy beavers making changes to the Small Food Business site. Since I’ve been getting some questions about what’s to come, let me put some of the rumors to rest and let you in on some of what’s currently unfolding.
What is happening:
- The Small Food Business site is getting a makeover of sorts. It’s going to be very pretty and I’m excited. But more importantly, the new design has been created by a team of web experts with an eye towards making it easier for you to find the information you need quickly and get on with your day. As much as I’d love for you to hang out on the site all day, I know you have a business to run!
- There will be additional webinars and classes. Based on feedback you’ve provided about what you’re eager to learn, I’m compiling have a list of topics for the new year. If you have any thoughts or ideas let me know!
- There will also be, starting in 2014, the option for business coaching which is a request I get quite frequently. Details to come!
- Potlucks are coming…sadly they can’t be in-person potlucks, but starting in 2014 these once a month events will give you access to free business mentoring and feedback. Because sometimes you just need to run an idea by someone else for a change! (Available only to e-newsletter subscribers)
What will not be happening:
These are probably the questions I get the most so let me make it clear that the following will not be happening:
- Small Food Business is not going to a paid site model. Not happening. Moving forward there may be pieces of the site (like some classes from time to time) that are paid but the vast majority of the site will remain free. I want
this site to be an accessible resource for everyone regardless of where their business is and one big piece of that is providing you with information free-of-charge.
- No advertising on the site, no sponsored posts or other type of paid promotion by a third-party on this site. I honestly get requests every week about this and I won’t lie that it did cross my mind momentarily (and then my advisors smacked it out of my head). There is no way I can claim to be an unbiased resource if I support advertising.
- Guest postings by Uncle Bob and his band of monkeys – add this is the list of things that aren’t happening. So that you know, every guest post on this site has to go through myself and several other advisors to make sure that it’s relevant to small food businesses, factually correct, and well written. I easily get 10x the requests to post on this site than those that actually get published and moving forward this will continue to be a buttoned-down process so that you always know you can turn to the site for the information you want and need to run your business.
- No selling of the Small Food Business e-newsletter list. This isn’t happening nor will it ever – I made a promise to you when you signed up and I intend to keep it. Speaking of the e-newsletter – it too will continue to be free to subscribers.
This is just Phase 1 of lots more good stuff that’s in the works for 2014 (and beyond) but all of it is inspired by you as I look for more ways to empower you as food entrepreneurs by giving you the resources and tools you need. So if you have any recommendations, feedback, or ideas, let me know by emailing me at info (at) smallfoodbiz (dot) com.
Oh, and one more thing…when’s the new site going live? Fingers crossed that it’s around the same time you’re getting ready to carve your Thanksgiving turkey (based on when the American Thanksgiving falls and not the Canadian one!) but I’ll let you know more as we get closer.
As always, thank you for your support…