Business Training Program
School of Food’s business training program is a year-long educational curriculum for food and beverage small business owners. Students can participate in individual workshops or sign up for an SOF Passport which gives them unlimited access to every workshop, panel discussion, and networking opportunity we offer for a full year — plus other perks. We partner with industry experts to lead discussions around our outlined semester themes, and break into interactive activities for students to walk-away with tangible next steps.
Entrepreneurs in Residence
We are so excited to announce our Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program at School of Food Baltimore (1412 N Wolfe St). We are offering an affordable rate to rent our state-of-the-art teaching kitchen to an emerging entrepreneur. If you’re interested in applying, please fill out the form below.
Our 10-course personalized curriculum takes current and future food business owners on a journey that begins with the basics of defining your mission and unique value proposition; moves into the nitty-gritty of running a food business (like financial forecasting and health regulations); and ends with all the fun stuff you need to know when going to market, such as distribution, social media and marketing. This program can run in consecutive weeks, or throughout a 10 month timespan. Bring us to your city! Set up a call with our School of Food Program Curator.
Whether you’re starting anew or growing an existing business, together we’ll lay a solid foundation to make sure your businesses is guided by a true north before we dive into more advanced topics.
- Define Your Mission and Values
- Understand Your Unique Value Proposition
- Set Up Legal Foundations, Employee Relations
We’ll get into the nitty-gritty, exploring the ins and outs of running a food and beverage business.
- Packaging & Label Legalities
- Financial Forecasting & Recipe Costing
- Health Regulations
- Small Business Accounting
Now that we’ve set up a solid foundation, and learned the ins-and-outs of running a business, we’ll work together to find a way to take you to market– your business will shine by the time we’re through!
- Crafting the Perfect Pitch
- Distribution Opportunities
- Social Media Marketing Tips & Tricks
- Small Business Showcase
We partner with local, industry leading food biz experts (and owners) who are passionate about sharing their own experiences, and the real-world skills they’ve learned.