Sign up now for “What’s Cooking” an Event to Encourage the Starting up or Scaling up of Food and Beverage Businesses


Come Sit at Our Table

“What’s cooking?”

There are still a few places at our table for a lunch/discussion on Monday, 3/30, that will focus on growing our local food economy through supporting food and beverage entrepreneurs.

The event will start with Risa Sherman, Manager of Philanthropy for Samuel Adams talking about the Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program which supports food, beverage and craft brewing entrepreneurs and helping eliminate barriers to their growth.   She will discuss how the company provides access to microloans, coaching and mentoring, and new business networks and markets and explain the concept behind the shared use commercial kitchen incubator the company has supported in the Boston area.  Panelists will discuss:

  • Insights on Food Entrepreneurship and What a Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen Incubator Can Do For Early-stage Food and Beverage Business Owners — Risa Sherman, Manager of Philanthropy, Samuel Adams
  • We Did it!  – Robyn Jasko, co-owner Homesweet Homegrown Hot Sauces; Rynn Caputo, Co-owner, Caputo Brothers Creamery, Spring Grove, PA.
  • Where’s the Money? — Chris Hudock, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund
  • Plan your Work and Work Your Plan – The Business of Starting Up – Ellen Larmer, CACLV

Participants who are interested in developing a Shared-Use Commercial Kitchen Incubator in the Lehigh Valley will have an opportunity to discuss it in greater detail with Ms. Sherman during the break-out session following the panel discussion.  The nine break out-session small group table discussions will include:

1) Food Entrepreneurship and What a Commercial Kitchen Incubator Can Do For You — Risa Sherman, Samuel Adams; Angela Callie, CED Coordinator, USDA Rural Development representative

2) Planning for Success: How to Develop a Solid Business Plan — Ellen Larmer, CACLV

3)  “Show me the Money,” Financing Your Start-up Business with Micro Loans — Chris Hudock, Rising Tide Community Loan Fund; Jessica Dokachev, Community and Economic Development Specialist, Northampton County

4) Facility Options for Start-Ups — Dr. Jack Felch, Executive Director of the Lehigh Conference of Churches, Mary Ellen Griffin, Executive Director, The Caring Place, Anna’s Kitchen

5) Marketing and Branding Your Product – Joe Iacovella, Account Manager, Lehigh Mining and Navigation

6) How to Make a Living from a Small Farm – Cynthia James, ASC Program Manager, Rodale Institute; Sara Runkel, Great Bend Farm; George DeVault, Pheasant Hill Farm

7) Running a Fully Legal and Licensed Food Business/ServSafe – Gary Ritter, Environmental Field Manager, Allentown Health Bureau; Beth Somishka, Bethlehem Health Bureau

8) On the Road Again:  How to Get Started with a Food Truck Business – Tim and Hala Bonner, Taza Trucks and member of the Lehigh Valley Mobile Food Alliance, USDA representative.

There is no cost to attend this event, but space is limited so pre-registration is required.

There are still a few spots left. To reserve your seat, go to: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5246/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=73226

Posted on March 18, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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