Although it seems like a relatively new fad, the food-on-wheels industry has been around since the 1950’s. Remember going to the county fair as a kid and getting an ‘elephant ear’ or a corndog? Business is a little different these days. Gourmet food trucks are finding their way to even the most rural of street corners. With this explosion comes a nod towards another sweeping trend. The green movement. Read more
Posts from the ‘Startup Specifics’ Category
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
Several months ago I had the honor of moderating a panel of successful food truck owners to learn what can make or break a food truck. One of the things that came out of the panel discussion was that food trucks needed to be willing to take catering gigs, especially for weddings, in order to stay cash flow positive. The good news is that brides and grooms are looking for food trucks. A study by The Wedding Report indicated that having food trucks at weddings are one of the top trends these days. So how can you benefit from this and capture some of those wedding dollars? Read more
I’m working on a new Small Food Business project and would love your input on one aspect of it. If you could ask retail store buyers a question what would it be? What are you curious about when it comes to understanding how to get your products in front of them and onto store shelves? Feel free to leave your question here in the comments or email me directly at info (at) smallfoodbiz (dot) com. Also, you’re not limited to just one question.
We getting close to that time when Summer farmers’ market applications are due. For some small food businesses the farmers’ market circuit is the mainstay of your business but for others they may feel like they’ve ‘outgrown’ this retail venue. If you’re in the latter group perhaps you ought to reconsider. Read more