The Business of Food

All you need to know about starting or growing your food business.

The Class

This 4-hour seminar, taken in-person or virtually, will take you through all the steps needed to open a small food business. You will learn the ins and outs of permits, working in a commercial kitchen space, incorporating and trademarking, converting recipes into formulas, what to expect in a commercial kitchen space, and how to start selling both wholesale and retail. We give you the tools you’ll need to get started and make ourselves available for assistance along the way. If you would like to take the class a second time, please call us for a 50% discount. (Policy updated 3/18/22)

Other topics will include:

  • Commercial kitchen design
  • Cost of Maintenance
  • Cottage Food Act
  • Equipment
  • Farmer’s markets and festivals
  • Packaging and shipping
  • Finding wholesalers to purchase your ingredients
  • How to determine food costs
  • Renting commercial kitchens
  • UPC codes and nutritional labels


Our consulting services are wide and varied, helping restaurateurs open their doors to reformulating menus, training staff, and helping food product companies learn to package, ship, and naturally extend shelf life. Our branding and social media experts can help you grow your company online as well.

Let us help you with:

  • Menu Development & Troubleshooting
  • Marketing/PR Strategies: How to Get Noticed
  • Social Media Review, Strategies, and How-To’s
  • Website Optimization & Design
  • Developing Your Brand Look

Call us today at (310) 656-8800 to inquire about our consulting services or email

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The Business of Food

Sunday, Mar 17
2:00pm – 6:00pm

The Business of Food

Friday, Apr 19
10:00am – 2:00pm