Online Seminars

Please check each individual seminar to see its location and registration information. Attend any 5 seminars with the Core Business Seminar (CBS) designation, and you will receive an Entrepreneurial Foundation Certificate.

Call 919-718-7544 to pre-register or for more information about Online seminars.

Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Food Business Startup (Part 1 of 5)

Mise en place [ mee-zahn-plos ] A French culinary phrase meaning to "put everything in it's place". Whether you’re thinking about selling your famous jam or sauce, starting a food truck, or opening a cafe or restaurant, understanding how to start a food business in North Carolina can be a daunting task. This session is designed for current and aspiring food business owners, including culinary students, and will cover a wide range of topics aimed at launching a food company. In this 60-minute session, we’ll cover everything from permits you might need based on your unique food product or service, common legal and insurance considerations, and estimated startup expenses for a wide variety of food companies.

  • Start • End Date: 01/27/2022 • 01/27/2022
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Jill Willett
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
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Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Permits and Licensing (Part 2 of 5)

In continuing the lessons of session 1, participants will get a chance to interface with local officials regarding permits, licenses, and other requirements for starting a food business in a Q&A format. Participants will gain firsthand insights into the pre-development and food service application process.

  • Start • End Date: 02/02/2022 • 02/02/2022
  • Day: W
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Lisa Morgan Jack Meadows
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
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Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Food Business Startup (Part 3 of 5)

This session is designed for current or future food entrepreneurs, including culinary students, and will cover the important product development, manufacturing, and selling options that come with starting a food company in North Carolina. We will discuss creative methods, both formal and informal, to test your food concepts and review commercial kitchen space and other manufacturing options to bring your product or service to market. For those focusing on a value-added food product, we will talk about the different selling and distribution options and how you determine what the right selling strategy is for your food company.

  • Start • End Date: 02/10/2022 • 02/10/2022
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Jill Willett
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
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Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Strategic Marketing (Part 4 of 5)

This session will focus on gaining new customers and deepening engagement for the customers you currently have to support your existing or future food business. The reality is that not all customers are created equal, some rockstars will support you in BIG ways. In this virtual session, Jill Willett will cover five different customer categories that you’ll encounter in your business and a system that will help move people through your customer pipeline resulting in higher revenues and an easier sales process. Leave with bonus resources that will help you identify who your customer is and content ideas that can be used on all marketing channels. This session is 90-minutes and will be “workshop-y” in nature, so come ready to participate and work on growing your food business or further developing your idea.

  • Start • End Date: 02/17/2022 • 02/17/2022
  • Day: Th
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: Jill WIllett
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
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Foodservice Bootcamp: Mise en Place Your Business for Success: Purchasing and Cost Control (Part 5)

Whether you’re thinking about selling your famous jams or sauces, starting a food truck, or becoming a restaurateur, understanding how to start a food business in North Carolina can feel overwhelming. In this webinar, we will cover purchasing & receiving controls, how to source products and the importance of food cost management.

  • Start • End Date: 02/23/2022 • 02/23/2022
  • Day: W
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Location Code: ONLINE (Class is held online)
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