Small Bites: Road to a food future?

Ever wanted to bottle your famous five-alarm hot sauce? Here’s your chance. A five-week course, “Starting Your Specialty Food Business,” will be offered at Blue Ridge Food Ventures (an initiative of AdvantageWest), beginning Oct. 19.

The class will cover the basics of food entrepreneurship. The class is geared toward anyone toying with the idea of packaging and selling a favorite recipe. It’s also for would-be business owners who want to study the food market first to figure out how best market their nutrient-rich brownie mix, food kits or other products

Session topics include: studying the market and developing your product; legal and insurance issues; labeling requirements; and branding and marketing. The series will conclude with a product sampling, and will feature a local food entrepreneur who will share the lessons learned on the road to success. Participants will also tour Blue Ridge Food Ventures and learn about the facility's equipment and services.

Sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings, Oct. 19 through Nov. 16, from 6 until 9 p.m. in the Haynes Conference Center, Room 128, at the Enka campus of A-B Tech,1459 Sand Hill Road in Candler. Cost is $50. Register online at the A-B Tech Small Business Center website at, then click “Class Schedules.” Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find Course #SEF-2041-100, or call 254-1921, ext. 5849.

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