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Food Processing Center offers seminar for food business entrepreneurs


Food manufacturing businesses continue to develop throughout the country. The Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln conducts a national Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program to assist individuals that want to start a food business. This program, which helps entrepreneurs throughout the U.S., is celebrating its 20th year.

"During the 20-year history of the Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program, the Food Processing Center has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs explore the idea of developing a food business. The program consists of two phases. The From Recipe to Reality seminar helps attendees understand how the food industry works, the challenges they will encounter and the decisions they should make prior to starting a business," said Jill Gifford, program manager.

The next Nebraska seminar is March 9 in Lincoln.

Following the seminar, participants may choose to enter the "From Product to Profit" phase of the program. During this phase entrepreneurs receive individualized and confidential assistance from food scientists and business consultants with the development of their own business venture.

Jamie Robidoux and other family members started their food business after using the program. Prairie Fine Foods, a Lincoln based company, produces a complete line of corn snacks.

"Thanks to The Food Processing Center we have a great start to our business. We are very pleased with the continued help and support they have provided as we continue to grow our business," Robidoux said.

To register for an upcoming seminar or to receive Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program information, contact Gifford at: Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 143 Filley Hall, Lincoln, Neb., 68583-0928; phone 402-472-2819; e-mail, jgifford1@unl.edu, or visit http://fpc.unl.edu/Entrepreneur/index.shtml.

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