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Back to Business: Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry

Back to Business

Back to Business: Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry

Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry is a program that offers food, beverage, and agricultural businesses training and counseling services to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to weather the COVID-19 economic and public health crisis. Western Pennsylvania's food and farm businesses are integral to the region's economy, providing meaningful jobs and supplying the food our area needs. Chatham's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE) and the Center for Regional Agriculture and Food Transformation (CRAFT) will empower food business owners to excel in the changing economy, both now and into the future.

The program will offer in-depth training webinars, a "Pandemic Pivot Speaker Series," and one-on-one business counseling with subject matter experts. Training webinars will cover topics as diverse and engaging as Marketing Your Business to Maximize Customer Engagement, Food Photography & Styling, How & Where to Cook Safely, Social Media, Public Relations, Web Design, Food Labeling, Packaging & Distributions, Accessing Capital, Business Resiliency, COVID-19 Mitigation Best Practices, SWOT Analyses, and ServSafe Certification. The "Pandemic Pivot Speaker Series" will showcase how time-tested food, farm, service, and beverage entrepreneurs have survived, evolved, and continue striving for growth during this challenging time. Business counseling will be available in Brand Analysis, Bringing a Food Product to Market, Manufacturing Small Batch Food Products, Food Labeling and Nutrition Requirements, Human Resources, Digital Marketing, Legal, Accounting, Access to Funding, and Diversity Certification.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Hillman Family Foundation.


Upcoming Events

  • May
    04

    Webinar: SWOT Visioning Session for Reevaluating your Food Business Model

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Fee: Free
    Location: Online, Zoom

    From farmers to restauranters and everyone in between all food businesses have faced a variety of changes to their business model in the past calendar year. Have you taken the opportunity to reevaluate your core competencies to understand how to thrive in the coming year? This 1-hour session is designed to provide business owners a method of accounting for these changes. Learn how to evaluate your business and use your strengths and opportunities to your advantage while minimizing your weaknesses and threats.

    Businesses in attendance will be invited to shares their experience over the past year and engage in an easy, take-home method to reevaluate their business model for 2021 and beyond.

    Speaker:
    Michael Keefe | Food Innovation Lab Coordinator with CRAFT

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!

  • May
    07

    Pandemic Pivot Speaker Series: Food Makers and Manufacturers

    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Fee: Free
    Location: Online, Zoom

    Creating, marketing, and successfully selling food products is arguably one of the most difficult and time intensive activities in the food industry. Join Oliver Pinder, owner of Wild Rise Bakery and Sharif Rashid, owner of Power Bites for a conversation that will cover invaluable information for food manufactures including changes to their businesses in the past year, pricing, packaging, working with grocery stores, working in a commercial kitchen and more.

    Speakers:
    Oliver Pinder, Head Baker & Owner | Wild Rise Bakery
    Sharif Rashid, Owner | Power Bites

    The Pandemic Pivot Speaker Series is part of the Back to Business: Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry programming.
    Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Hillman Family Foundation


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  • May
    12

    Webinar: Nutrition Labeling Information and Insight

    12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Fee: Free
    Location: Online, Zoom

    This webinar will provide an overview of FDA and USDA regulations and requirements for developing a nutrition label for packaged food products. We will discuss approved methods for determining nutrition data, development of a nutrition facts panel, ingredient statement development, allergen labeling requirements and touch on health and nutrition claims and regulations for making claims for consumer product goods.
    This webinar will be helpful for companies new to developing packaged food products for retail sale or those who want a refresher on FDA and USDA labeling requirements and health and nutrition claim marketing.

    Speaker: Laura M. Ali, MS, RDN, LDN

    To register for the Webinar, CLICK HERE!