Purdue News

October 26, 2005

Purdue workshop gives entrepreneurs recipe for success

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will take part in a Nov. 11 workshop in Madison, Ind., for entrepreneurs interested in starting a specialty food business in Indiana.

The event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Indiana Small Business Development Center at 975 Industrial Drive, was developed to serve as a comprehensive overview of the issues associated with starting a specialty-food business. Maria Marshall, a Purdue Extension specialist who also directs the Food Entrepreneurship Program, said the workshop will benefit anyone interested in starting a food business.

"Developing and selling specialty ingredients and foods is another way to add value to Indiana commodities," she said. "This workshop will provide knowledge, contacts and resources about starting a new food business in Indiana."

Experts from around the state will discuss business planning, product and process development, and packaging.

"A basic understanding of these topics is fundamental to the success of all food entrepreneurs," Marshall said.

Marshall will talk about marketing, and Shirley Vargas, a supervisor from the Indiana State Department of Health, will speak about regulations. Linda Wood, from the Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, will talk about business planning. Other presenters will cover packaging considerations for specialty foods, food ingredients and food safety.

There also will be question-and-answer periods as well as an opportunity to speak with presenters.

The Indiana Small Business Development Center and Indiana State Department of Health are co-sponsoring the event with Purdue Extension. Cost to attend is $75 and includes an information binder, refreshments and lunch.

Registration is required before Nov. 4. To register, mail a check or money order made payable to Purdue University to Carolyn Hunst at 403 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907. Registrations should include name, address, phone number, e-mail and fax number. A copy of the registration brochure can be downloaded.

Writer: Kay Hagen, (765) 494-6682, kjh@purdue.edu

Source: Maria Marshall, (765) 494-4268, mimarsha@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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Note to Journalists: Media may attend free of charge and should register by calling Carolyn Hunst at (765) 494-4271.


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