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Back to Business: Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry

Back to Business

Back to Business: Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry

Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry is a program that offers food, beverage, and agricultural businesses training and counseling services to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to weather the COVID-19 economic and public health crisis. Western Pennsylvania's food and farm businesses are integral to the region's economy, providing meaningful jobs and supplying the food our area needs. Chatham's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE) and the Center for Regional Agriculture and Food Transformation (CRAFT) will empower food business owners to excel in the changing economy, both now and into the future.

The program will offer in-depth training webinars, a "Pandemic Pivot Speaker Series," and one-on-one business counseling with subject matter experts. Training webinars will cover topics as diverse and engaging as Marketing Your Business to Maximize Customer Engagement, Food Photography & Styling, How & Where to Cook Safely, Social Media, Public Relations, Web Design, Food Labeling, Packaging & Distributions, Accessing Capital, Business Resiliency, COVID-19 Mitigation Best Practices, SWOT Analyses, and ServSafe Certification. The "Pandemic Pivot Speaker Series" will showcase how time-tested food, farm, service, and beverage entrepreneurs have survived, evolved, and continue striving for growth during this challenging time. Business counseling will be available in Brand Analysis, Bringing a Food Product to Market, Manufacturing Small Batch Food Products, Food Labeling and Nutrition Requirements, Human Resources, Digital Marketing, Legal, Accounting, Access to Funding, and Diversity Certification.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Hillman Family Foundation.

Upcoming Events

  • Jun

    Food Start Up Success

    05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
    Fee: $45 General Admission.
    Free to CWE Members & Chatham Students.
    Location: Online, Zoom

    Do you have a great idea for a food business and don’t know how to turn your dream into a reality? This 6-week program will help any aspiring food business owner begin their business journey. Topics include how to formally start your business, marketing and branding, how to distribute and sell your food product and more. This course is ideal for anyone thinking about starting a restaurant, catering company, food product, or food service (meal planning, nutrition, etc.) business.

    Nicolette Spudic, Food Innovation Lab Manger | CRAFT
    Calla-Marie Norman, Graduate Student Consultant | CRAFT

    To view the syllabus for the Food Start Up Success program: Click Here.

    The Food Start Up Success is part of the Back to Business: Recovery & Growth for the Food Industry programmi … more info

  • Jul

    ServSafe® Food Manager Certification

    09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
    Fee: $35 (incudes ServSafe® Manager Certification Two Day Live Training Class and Online Exam Access Code)
    Location: Chatham University Shadyside Campus - Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

    ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the U.S. National Restaurant Association. The ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-Conference for Food Protection (CFP), which is valid for five years, and recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

    ServSafe is the industry standard in food safety training and provides all employees with accurate and up-to-date information on all aspects of food safety and handling, from receiving and storing food, to food preparing and serving.

    Join the Center for Regional Agriculture and Food Transformation (CRAFT) and the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University for a two-day, 16-hour live training class to gain the industry recognized certification with a certified trainer. The live training … more info

  • Aug

    Webinar: Summer Business Planning Bootcamp for the Food Industry

    05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Fee: $25 General Admission.
    $15 for CWE Members, Chatham Students, Veterans, and Active Duty Service Members.
    The fee includes a 30-day license to LivePlan
    Location: Zoom - Online

    This 3-hour bootcamp introduces skills & specific steps to build a business plan for the food industry.

    A solid business plan is a foundational piece to a successful business, regardless of where you are in the business lifecycle. If you are seeking to rebuild & reboot your business from the economic impact of COVID-19 or seeking to navigate the new economy as a startup, a business plan is a tool you’ll want in your toolbox. Building a plan identifies specific action steps to move a business forward, creates short-and long-term strategies, and may uncover gaps that should be bridged to reach your business objectives.

    In this bootcamp, the content is delivered in bite-sized pieces to introduce the major components for writing a business plan through an interactive approach and live Q&A. Best practices for business planning include identifying the right content, research, and presentation format. We will introduce techniques for addressing and planning … more info