Third Annual Food Entrepreneur Round Table Grows in 2019
The Spice Kitchen Incubator hosted the third annual Food Entrepreneur Round Table at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in Salt Lake City on February 23rd. It was a collaboration between Spice Kitchen, USU Extension, Microbusiness Connection Center, Women's Business Center of Utah, Suazo Business Center, Creminelli Fine Meats, and Salt Lake County. The event was offered to participants of Spice Kitchen Incubator as well as the general public.
The event gathers members of the community with expertise in small business to educate new and aspiring food entrepreneurs through workshops and facilitated discussions, with the topics including common needs of Spice entrepreneurs.
Spice Kitchen Incubator's Food Business Scale-Up AmeriCorps VISTA Carey was instrumental in organizing the event, from identifying speakers and working with a graphic designer on program materials, to recruiting attendees and organizing volunteers.
Some stats from the day:
37 entrepreneurs & guests attended the event
23 from Spice
14 from partner organizations & general public
6 participants attended on scholarship, covering the $10-$12 admission fee
The event began with a keynote by Jared Lynch of Creminelli Fine Meats, and continued with breakout sessions, a 90-minute lunch panel, and an hour of post-event networking with local industry experts.
Entrepreneurs had the opportunity to attend sessions focused on applicable/technical skills such as tax preparation, proper hiring procedures, and product costing and pricing, as well as exploring overarching concepts that entrepreneurs should keep in mind while starting and growing their food businesses, including impacts of women-owned businesses in the local economy, various permit applications, and nutrition and menu labeling.
See also International Rescue Committee announcement “Aspiring entrepreneurs attend annual Food Entrepreneur Round Table.”