From Scratch Foodpreneur Series

Everything you need to get your food business
up and running in 6 weeks!

Are you considering starting or already operating a food-based business in the NRV that could be based in our shared use kitchen? Then we want you! We’re talking about caterers, bakers, value-added producers, food trucks, and more. We’re especially interested in entrepreneurs incorporating sustainable and local practices into their operations.

From Scratch is a free series of six 3-hour classes held Thursday nights beginning January 23rd. The program is designed to provide new (and existing) foodpreneurs with everything they need to know to get their businesses up and running in just six weeks. Taught by a team of local experts, topics include Business Planning, Meeting Food Safety Requirements, Legal and Accounting, Marketing and Promotion, and Finances and Loans.

Millstone Kitchen has up to $20k to award new and existing foodpreneurs. Participants who complete the entire series can qualify for funding of kitchen application fees, business license fees, VDACS or VDH inspection fees, BPCS and ServSafe certification fees, and first year of liability insurance. Foodpreneurs who participate in the series AND submit a final business plan, can potentially win awards to cover additional start up and early operating expenses such as kitchen rental fees and inventory costs.

It’s totally FREE to participate. Submit a registration form by January 3rd, 5pm. Registrations can be submitted online, emailed to millstonekitchen@gmail.com, or mailed to 4237 Prices Fork Road Suite C, Blacksburg, VA 24060.

Important Dates

 

Overview of Program and Business Planning – Thursday, 6-9pm, January 23rd

Food Safety Requirements – Thursday, 6-9pm, January 30th

Legal and Accounting – Thursday, 6-9pm, February 6th

Marketing and Promotion – Thursday, 6-9pm, February 13th

Finances and Loans – Thursday, 6-9pm, February 20th

Collaborative Work Meeting – Thursday, 6-9pm, February 27th

Business Plans due (optional) – Week of March 16th

Pitch and Sample Night (optional) – Thursday, 6-9pm, March 26th

Funding Awards Announced – Week of April 6th