If you’re operating a cottage food business, would you mind filling out this short, anonymous survey? There’s a lack of information about how home-based food entrepreneurs are faring and I’d love to have your insight and experience help fill some of those gaps. The survey is 9 questions long and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Results of the survey will be shared in early 2014. Thank you!
Posts from the ‘News’ Category
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. Read more
I’m excited to announce that I was interviewed by Markitty, a website focused on providing small businesses with the tools and services they need to improve their online marketing, about some of the specific challenges food entrepreneurs face when marketing their businesses. You can check it out the interview here and definitely don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s other input I should have added. But that’s not all, Unmana Datta, co-founder of Markitty, has agreed to host a webinar on Nov. 4th focused on understanding your website metrics and how you can use that information to get more traffic to your site. It’s the first in a great lineup of new webinars this Fall. Read more
Here in the US, tomorrow marks the beginning of open enrollment under the new Affordable Care Act. Also known as ObamaCare depending on which side of the political aisle you lean towards, I’ve been getting lots of questions about how this impacts small business owners like yourself because there are provisions in the law for self-employed business owners and those who have less than 25 employees. Read more
I have a new e-book that’s just been released that focuses on what small businesses need to know to make tradeshows work for them. Titled, The Soup to Nuts Small Business Tradeshow Guide: What every artisan, craftsman, and handmade entrepreneur needs to know about growing their wholesale business through tradeshows, the book is written specifically for small business owners who don’t have a lot of money and need to maximize their tradeshow experiences. The e-book is available on the Kindle platform* and is currently free to download. But you’ll need to act fast because on Sunday the price goes up to it’s normal $5.99. Read more
It’s taken 9 years, but on Friday the FDA finally outlined what foods can and what foods can’t be called gluten-free. According to these new rules, which go into effect a year from now, products that are labeled as gluten-free, no gluten, without gluten, and free of gluten must have no more than 20 ppm (parts per million) in order to be able to make that claim. Those products which do not meet that requirement will be subject to FDA regulation for misbranding. For more information, click here to see the FDA Consumer Update. Read more
While everyone else was preparing for the long Independence Day holiday, specialty food manufacturers from around the world converged on New York City for the Summer Fancy Food Show. What sets this Fancy Food Show apart from the one I attended earlier in the year, is that the coveted sofi(tm) awards were given out. Read more
Summer’s underway and food entrepreneurs are rockin’ and rollin’. As such, I wanted to catch you up on a few things that some of the entrepreneurs that have been featured on this site currently have going on. Read more
Just a reminder that if you’re not already receiving the Small Food Business e-newsletter you can sign up for it here. It comes out once a month so I promise not to clutter up your inbox and it has additional information in it to help you run your business. Plus, e-newsletter subscribers are the first to know about upcoming webinars and have the chance to sign up for them before anyone else. SFB never sells or shares your contact information either so what have you got to lose?