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Need Help Launching Your New Food Business This Class is for You

Need Help Launching Your New Food Business? This Class is for You

Need Help Launching Your New Food Business This Class is for You
There's a learning curve to starting any business.   Food-based businesses are no less subject to startup challenges. Regulatory, market entry, distribution, process production and managing perishable inventory are some of the unique challenges facing new food entrepreneurs.  Add fierce competition for shelf space or online competition and the financial impact of starting a food business just became "real".

The ennovation kitchen classroom is a 12-week course designed to help food businesses launch faster into the marketplace, with fewer costly startup mistakes. Shared from the experience of the Ennovation Center kitchen clients and staff, the ennovation kitchen classroom introduces seasoned instructors in interactive group workshops, one-to-one coaching (in business and the in the kitchen) and a buyers' event to participants.

Hungry to get started? Apply now.

Perfect recipe to grow your business

"We've seen throughout the course of seven years, food-based businesses struggle with efficiencies in production, how to enter the market, when to expand and where to grow." states Lee Langerock, executive director of the Ennovation Center.   "The ennovation kitchen classroom is designed to help accelerate the food based business' learning curve, so that business can introduce their product to the marketplace, save money, and effectively focus on growing their business."

Here’s a taste of the curriculum:
Ennovation Center Food Business Startup Class
The ennovation kitchen classroom is available to anyone who is starting or has recently (within the last year) started their food-based business, regardless of their location. There's no obligation to become an Ennovation Center shared kitchen client, although 20 hours in the kitchen is offered with coursework. In addition, the series culminates with a buyer's event, specifically for graduates.

Class sessions are planned to begin late Jan 2018.  Class space is limited: 10 companies per classroom series. Apply now. Scholarships are available for qualified business. For more information contact Lee Langerock or call 816-463-3515.

This is close to what I need, but not quite. What else do you have for budding entrepreneurs?

Glad you asked. As the go-to for KC entrepreneurship, we can plug you into the right course, mentor, organization or group for your small business, startup, passion project, side hustle or idea in the making.

Just give us a call at 816-235-6500 or fill out your request over here at We’ll develop a personalized action plan to help connect with resources and opportunities, so you can hit that next milestone.

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