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American Food Finds Begins

Posted By Lynn Davis, Tuesday, April 07, 2009
James Sprunt Community College Small Business Center in Kenansville, North Carolina is pleased to announce the “American Food Finds” specialty foods entrepreneur program began with its first series of workshops on March 25, 2009.  The JSCC Small Business Center is teaming with the Duplin County Cooperative Extension Services, North Carolina State University, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to teach entrepreneurs how to start their own specialty food business. 
 
At the first workshop, there were 19 attendees from restaurants, farms, and individuals interested in starting their own speciality food business.  We began the evening by sampling many speciality food products from existing specialty food companies.  The Country Squire Restaurant also brought samples of their marinated turkey and Korean beef, as an example. This restaurant is interested in bottling their marinates.  Gary Bullen from NC State University presented an overview of the food business, industry and consumer trends, and market planning.  
 
On April 1, the second workshop was help with 20 attendees.  Ms. Nancy Wilson brought a blueberry lemon cake and black walnut cake both made with products on her farm.  Ms. Evett Pickett brought a warm pound cake with cream cheese icing.  Yum!!  Both of these ladies hope to package their cakes and offer for sell.  We also sample three different BBQ sauces, and David Whitman's BBQ.  He currently sells "natural" pork to Whole Foods, and would like to sell natural, wood-fired BBQ to them as well. G.W. Stanley from the NC Dept. of Agriculture gave us an overview of the NC Goodness Grows Marketing Program, and David Green from NC State University discussed nutritional labeling, food safety and facilities. 
 
The third and final workshop is coming up April 8 where we will discuss entrepreneurship, business plan development, insurance, and legal issues.  Also, the web site is underdevelopment.  More later!!!

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Lynn Davis says...
Posted Friday, May 08, 2009
We completed our final workshop on April 8 and have scheduled the fall workshops. The www.AmericanFoodFinds.com web site is now up with some basic information. We are working with several food entrepreneurs and hope to have products online to purchase by August.
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Lynn Davis says...
Posted Tuesday, June 09, 2009
The basic American Food Finds web site is up, and we are working with our first food client, Alice Scott, to put her products on the site to sell. Alice attended our American Food Finds workshop series in March/April, and we have been counseling her in the Small Business Center at James Sprunt Community College. She has named her company Kneeling Pine for a tree on their farm, and has created her own label. She produces preserves, jams, spiced apples, canned vegetables, sauerkraut, etc. from vegetables and fruits she grows. The uniqueness of her product is that it is "farm fresh," and she gives the proceeds to charity. We hope to have her products available on the americanfoodfinds.com web site in July.
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Lynn Davis says...
Posted Tuesday, July 07, 2009
We are still working with our web master to get the first food products up on the www.americanfoodfinds.com web site. We have set up a non profit corporation which we hope to make a 501(c)(3) eventually. We are setting up a bank account and will use PayPal for our transactions. We hope to have all complete and our first products up by the end of July. We conducted a youth entrepreneur camp on June 22 for middle school age children. While this was not part of our original grant program, it did discuss the American Food Finds program with them, and encouraged them to think about food as a business.
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