Recipe for Success
Thanks to everyone who participated!
You can find the slideshows and podcasts from Recipe for Success below.*
Turning on the Heat: Breaking Into the Food Business
You have an idea, and maybe you’ve launched that idea into a business, but the food industry can be a tough place for newcomers. Hear from local entrepreneurs who have experienced the highs, the lows, and the in-betweens of starting a food venture. Get insider tips on lessons learned and how you can bring your vision to fruition.
Learn about the many different business models for culinary entrepreneurs in Chicago and how to work with City Hall to get your operation licensed. Law students from the IJ Clinic will present the nitty-gritty details of the different licenses that are available and the rules about where, what, and how a food business can start, as well as some tips and tricks for securing permission to operate.
Presented by IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship students Taimoor Aziz, Mike Fielkow, Dave Frankenfield, Chris Mortorff, and Jaime Willis
From the Kitchen to the Shelves: Selling a Product
You’ve created a quality product, but now comes the hard part. How can you get that product onto shelves and in front of customers? Attend this session and hear from a Whole Foods buyer, and an entrepreneur who has successfully gotten his product into stores. Learn how to connect with buyers and get your product out there.
We’ve all heard the three rules of business: “Location, Location, Location!” In this break-out session, IJ Clinic law students will take you through the process of finding the right location and negotiating a lease that will work for you.
Presented by IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship students Mike Educate and Patrick Herndon
What’s involved in hiring a food service person? What rules do you need to follow? How should you handle tips or part-time work? Learn from IJ Clinic law students about how you can build up your business by hiring the people who will make sure your customers are happy.
Presented by IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship students Michael Lanahan and Ben Montanez
What is your business’ identity? Attend this workshop to reflect on that question, and find out how to make your business stand out from the crowd. Resolve to better communicate your brand to customers, starting today!
Presented by Paul Earle, Executive Director of Farmhouse at Leo Burnett
In case you didn't get a chance to visit the resource tables during lunch, you can read more about each organization who attended on their websites below.
A special thanks to the Food, Environment, Agribusiness, and Development (FEAD) group from Chicago Booth School of Business for hosting our shark tank activity!
For a list of additional organizations that serve Chicago entrepreneurs, please visit our resources page.
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About Recipe for SUccess:
|9:30-10:00||Registration and breakfast|
|10:15-11:00||Turning on the Heat: Breaking into the Food Business|
|11:00-12:15||The Pressure Cooker: Business Licensing in Chicago|
|1:15-2:05||Breakout sessions (choose one)|
|2:15-3:15||The Secret Ingredient: How to Differentiate Your Brand|
For more information on our sessions, click here.
*Disclaimer: The legal information presented in the above slideshows and podcasts is not legal advice.
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