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“Yum, you should sell this!”
As you are busy in the kitchen this holiday season, making everyone’s favorite desserts, appetizers, snacks, and sauces, have you thought about what it would be like to create a business supplying customers with your delicious and wholesome crowd pleasing foods?
Maybe your friends and family, with their mouths full of your delicious creations, say to you “you should sell this”? Or as you eat a purchased gourmet food item, you think to yourself “I can make this so much better”. Do you get excited at the idea of walking through your local grocery store and seeing your culinary creation on the shelf?
You may laugh it off or it might spark an idea and dream in your head….as you ask yourself “how would I even do that”? Or you might say “I’m not a chef, I’m not a business person, and I can’t start a food business”. The truth is you can!
It is true what they say….starting a successful food business is hard, daunting, challenging, and overwhelming. Fortunately, Portland has one of the only food entrepreneurship program of its’ kind in the country; the Getting Your Recipe to Market program.
Every Spring and Fall the Getting Your Recipe to Market (GYRM) team helps people with aspirations of starting their own food business. The Small Business Development Center’s GYRM program (partnered with the Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center and New Seasons Market) has helped over 200 food entrepreneurs launch their food business dreams since 2007.
The GYRM program is an intensive 14 week program that will help you take your idea to commercial ready. Along with one on one advising and industry expert presentations, GYRM covers the following topics:
- Market Research
- Food Science and Safety
- Licensing and Regulations
- Commercial Kitchens and Co Packing
- Costs of Goods, Pricing, and Financial Analysis
- Public Relations and Brand Development
- Accounting and bookkeeping
- Working with Retail Buyers
- Business Planning
- Access to Capital
- Human Resources
- Alumni Panel
- Presentations from New Seasons Market and Whole Foods
So, as your busy making yummy food for all your friends, family, and coworkers, ask yourself “do I want to make this business dream come true?”
If you’re interested in learning more or signing up for Getting Your Recipe to Market, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 971-722-5080. Guided interviews are now being held for the March 2014 class.
Jill Beaman is a business advisor and co-facilitator of Getting Your Recipe to Market. Jill brings over 15 years of experience in the food and wine industry as a researcher, marketer, and consultant.