Food Business Summit

How do you create and sustain an Artisanal Food Business? This summit aims to help those in the Charlottesville community and beyond who are starting their own food businesses. Morning sessions will focus on topics pertinent to start-up entrepreneurs and afternoon sessions will cater to more established food businesses.

The Tom Tom Founders Festival, Community Investment Collaborative and The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center alongside Caromont Farm, Hudson Henry Baking Company, and Farmstead Ferments are pleased to host this year’s small food business summit, Will Work for Food: Creating and Sustaining an Artisanal Food Business. The event is geared to help those in the Charlottesville community and beyond who are starting their own food businesses. Morning sessions will focus on topics pertinent to entrepreneurs just starting out, and afternoon sessions will be for those who have more established food businesses.

From 10am-2pm there will also be a Resource Fair running simultaneously next to the summit. The Resource Fair is aimed at helping individuals network and connect with resources that will help their business, such as marketing, legal, co-packing, labeling, and accounting experts.

Our goal is to educate, empower, and foster small business development around local food in the Charlottesville area.

Schedule:

9:00 am
Panel and Q&A – Food Business Basics
Food Business Checklist with Waverly Davis
Who Is Your Customer? with Betty Hoge
Retailer Perspective with Geoff Garbaccio
Direct to Consumer with Janet Dob

10:30 am
Food Business Regulations 101
Presenters speak to common issues with starting a food business, and what questions food business start-ups need to know to ask.

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Resource Fair
With:
Dianne Arnold
Allie Hill
Melissa Crumbine
David Posner
Zenas Choi
Mac Thompson
David Winder

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Roundtable and Q&A
Advanced Business Owners – Participants will address:
How and why you got started with your business.
Key successes and challenges.
How your business has grown.
Business operations and marketing.
What you wish you had known when you started your business. With:
Tim Gearhart
Janet Dob
Matt Rohdie
Crissanne Raymond

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Break

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Jenee Libby

Food Summit Panelists

Supporting Sponsors

Founding Partners