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Food Business: “A business, enterprise or activity that involves the handling of food intended for sale, or the sale of food, regardless of whether the business, enterprise or activity (other than a business, enterprise or activity that is primary food production) is of a commercial, charitable or community nature or whether it involves the handling or sale of food on one occasion only.” - Department of Health, Washington State


Small Business on Wheels - Gourmet Food Trucks (2:33) Insights into the growing food truck industry are provided by this Fox News piece, shared by the National Small Business Association Corporation.



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ENHANCE Your Involvment in the Field

Professional Connections

  • Food Entrepreneurs Meetup Groups 
  • National Restaurant Association: Through a partnership with CareerBuilder, the National Restaurant Association pairs the finest talent in the restaurant and foodservice industry with outstanding opportunities at member restaurants and institutions. 
  • Specialty Food Association: A thriving community of food artisans, importers, and entrepreneurs who bring craft, care, and joy to the distinctive foods they produce. Established in 1952, this not-for-profit trade association provides its 3,000 members the tools, knowledge, and connections to nurture their companies in an always-evolving marketplace. 
  • Small Food Business: Seeks to empower and inspire food entrepreneurs by providing up-to-date industry news as well as the regulatory, business, and strategic information they need to successfully compete in today’s marketplace. 
  • La Cocina: La Cocina was born out of a belief that a community of natural entrepreneurs, given the right resources, can create self-sufficient businesses that benefit themselves, their families, their community, and the whole city.


Example LinkedIn Groups

  • Artisan Food Business 
  • Food Biz Startup 
  • Food Business Startup 
  • Food Industry Marketing & Communications Professionals 
  • Food Marketing Network 
  • Food Truck Forum 
  • The Food Business Group


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Example Job Titles

  • Banquet Manager 
  • Catering Manager 
  • Food and Beverage Director 
  • Executive Chef 
  • Sommelier


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