The Wild Ramp local food market, in partnership with the WVU Extension Service and the WV Dept. of Ag, is hosting a “Food Business Workshop” for food producers to learn about different topics such as insurance, labeling, inspections, marketing, and more for successfully running a food business in West Virginia.

Download a flyer for the event.

Where: Unlimited Future

When: Monday June 4 from 8a-530pm.

It is free to producers and lunch will be provided.

RSVP by May 30 if you will be attending.

Detailed Agenda

8:00-9:15 AM: Industry Overview in WV – Dr. Cameron Hackney, WVU Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) – Dr. Cameron Hackney, WVU

9:15-10:15 AM From Garden to Store Shelf: Everything you Need to Know for Manufacturing the Food Product – Teresa Halloran, WVDA

10:15-11:00 AM Inspector’s Expectations – Linda Whaley, Bureau for Public Health, WV

11:00-12:30 PM Business Legal Structure & Avoiding Personal Liabilities – Ron Hatfield, WVU Insurance, Importance of Managing Risks and Tax Advantages in Food Business – Ron Hatfield, WVU Creative web marketing/advertisement – Ron Hatfield, WVU  

1:00-2:00 PM “So You Want to Start a Small Business – What You Need to Know” (Includes Business Plan, Loan Application Process, Product Pricing, NESARE Grants) – Doolarie Singh-Knights, WVU

2:00-2:45 PM Labeling Requirements, Exemptions, and Nutritional Labeling – Teresa Halloran, WVDA and Litha Sivanandan & Maryam Ronaghi, WVU

2:45-3:30 PM Byproduct Utilization and Value Addition – Jacek Jaczynski, WVU

3:30-4:15 PM Trademark Registration (Intellectual Property) in Food Business and Business Incubator – William Aylor, Patent Attorney, WVU Research Corporation

4:15-5:00 PM Marketing: From Farmers Market to Commercial Retailers – Teresa Halloran WVDA   WVDA Rural Rehabilitation Loan Program – Teresa Halloran, WVDA

5:00-5:30 PM Know Your Employee – Awareness on Intentional Contamination of Food and its Prevention – Litha Sivanandan and Cameron Hackney, WVU

Download a flyer for the event.