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"Food for Profit" Class to be offered in February

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 1/19/2012

Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center to Co-Sponsors "Food for Profit" Class on February 28 in Boonsboro, MD

Have you ever been told that your favorite homemade bread, or salsa, is “good enough to sell?” Do you have additional fruit or vegetables from your farm or home garden that you would like to make into a commercial product? Food for Profit is a one-day workshop designed to help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting up a commercial food business. The course will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike (building door #4), Boonsboro, MD 21713 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This session of Penn State Extension’s popular course is co- sponsored by the Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center and University of Maryland Extension.

How Can Food for Profit Help Me?
Food for Profit will take you step-by-step through the entrepreneurial process. It will provide you with the information and skills to assess if your idea will be something that will sell at a profit.  Conducting a feasibility study (to see if yours is a good business idea), performing marketing research, and beginning to draft a business plan are a few of the concrete tools taught by certified instructors and business experts. By attending this class, you can learn how to evaluate the opportunities on paper before you look for funding or take action (saving money and time).

Registration Information:
Food for Profit will meet from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm., on February 28, 2012 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike (building door #4), Boonsboro, MD, 21713, The tuition cost of $40 per person includes all materials and lunch. Registration is through the Penn State event on-line system at http://extension.psu.edu/events (scroll down to February 28, 2012 listings) or by calling 877-489-1398. For further information about workshop content, contact Extension Educator Winifred McGee, wwm1@psu.edu, 717-270-4391 or Ginger S. Myers, University of Maryland Extension Specialist at gsmyers@umd.edu, 301-432-2767 x338.  Pre-payment and registration are required for this workshop.  Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

Class Agenda
9:00 – 9:10 — Welcome & Introductions
Leslie Hart, Agricultural Marketing Specialist Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development
Commission and Ginger S. Myers, Director,
Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center, University of Maryland Extension Marketing Specialist

9:10 – 9:30 — Rewards and Challenges of Food Business
Jeanne Dietz-Band, Owner, Many Rocks Farm

9:30 – 10:15 — Legally Speaking
Robin Henderson, Chief, Center for Food Processing Maryland DHMH

10:15 – 10:25 — Break

10:25 – 11:15 — Safe Food Handling
Lynn Little, FCS Educator, University of Maryland Extension – Washington County

11:15 – 11:45 — Developing a Game Plan
Winifred McGee, Senior Extension Educator, Entrepreneurship, Penn State Extension

11:45 - 11:55 — Opportunities for Washington County Farmers
Leslie  Hart

11:55 – 12:30 — Lunch Break

12:30 – 12:50 — Start-up Support
Ginger S. Myers

12:50 – 1:40 — Finding a Niche
Winifred McGee

1:40 – 2:20 — Packaging Your Product
Winifred McGee

2:20 – 2:30 — Break

2:30 – 3:30 — Pricing Your Product
Winifred McGee

3:30 – 4:00 — Share Your Next Steps! & General Questions
(a short participant survey)
Winifred McGee & Ginger S. Myers

For more information contact:

Ginger S. Myers
Western Maryland Research
& Education Center
18330 Keedysville Road
Keedysville, Maryland 21756
TEL 301-432-2767 x338
FAX 301-432-4089
gsmyers@umd.edu 

Leslie Hart - Agricultural Marketing Specialist
Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission
7303 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
(o) 301-432-4782
(f) 240-420-1713
(c) 301-573-7039
lhart@hagerstownedc.org
www.washco-agmarket.net

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