Start Your Own Food Business — From idea to operations in less than a year


You know food,
but do you know business?

Creating good eats probably comes naturally to you, but creating a business requires a whole different menu of skills – which is why running a food business can trip up even the most talented of chefs. Our School of Food resource guide takes you through the entire process of starting and running a food business, so that you can do what you love, and do it successfully.

“Start your own food business: From idea to operations in less than a year” is a step-by-step guide to creating, launching, and scaling a successful food business. We start with the basics (defining a mission, crafting your pitch), move into the nitty gritty (financial forecasting, accounting, health code regulations) and end, of course, with all the fun stuff (branding, distribution, promotion).

In this resource guide you will find:

  • Seasoned advice from experienced, industry leaders
  • Case studies from successful food entrepreneurs
  • Actionable steps to take your business from idea to market, in less than a year

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“This resource guide provides a thoughtful overview of what food entrepreneurs need to know. It’s not just about product; it’s about creating and sustaining a business. That’s why OneMain Financial believes in and supports City Seeds.”
– Sheldon Caplis, OneMain Financial


“The scariest part of starting a food business was having no roadmap — and I don’t mean not having a business plan, of course we had that — I mean not understanding the full regulatory framework, how to raise money effectively, most basically, how to put our products in the right container and sell them properly. This book is your roadmap. You start with the why — this is the how. It’s invaluable.”
– Danielle Vogel, Founder, Glen’s Garden Market

More about us:

School of Food, is a year long business training program for food entrepreneurs, otherwise known as risk-takers, self-starters, and go-getters. We celebrate what makes your business unique, while providing expert led workshops, plus business resources and opportunities that allow you to grow and scale your business in real time.

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Kim Bryden,
School of Food Program Curator

410.563.5533 1701 N Gay Street
Baltimore, MD 21213