Who: Business Impact Northwest

What: Food Biz Day (second annual)

When: February 11, 2017  Food Marketplace open for public consumption 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Where: Verity Credit Union HQ
11027 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

Why: Education, support, and networking among community food entrepreneurs

Business Impact NW (BIN) empowers a talented and diverse community of entrepreneurs; supporting the continuing growth of local small businesses through micro-enterprise.  Verity’s own CEO, John Zmolek, is on the Board of Directors, and Verity’s Business Services department regularly partners with BIN to find funding solutions and resources for many members who may not fully qualify for Verity’s business lending policy requirements.  BIN is a preferred lender of the Small Business Association (SBA) and an invaluable resource for underserved communities including, but not limited to, new/startup businesses, veterans, women-owned businesses, and minorities throughout the community.  Verity and BIN working together advises, supports, and empowers the owners of small businesses as they strive to achieve their goals and actualize their dreams!

The Event
The second annual Food Biz Day brings together both aspiring food entrepreneurs and existing food businesses looking to acquire business skills, connect with local resources, and network with industry buyers, lenders and leaders.

Learning Opportunities
During the day, learn from experts and other food professionals about starting, scaling and funding your food business in large group panel discussions, a guest speaker presentation, and self-selected breakout sessions designed to fit your specific needs. This is an opportunity to realize, grow, or improve your skills and your business.

The Classes
Topics covered to include (tentatively): Financing & Lending, Navigating the Start, Food Truck 101, Market Research, Grocery Store Placement, Labor Standards, and Technology in Food. Opportunities for one-on-one counseling will also be available.

Food Marketplace
Food Biz Day ends with a celebration and Food Marketplace, open to the public, where local food businesses test and sell their amazing products. This is a great opportunity to network, generate ideas, and support other local entrepreneurs while enjoying delicious local foods.

For more information, or to register for the event, visit http://businessimpactnw.org/annualevents/foodbizday/

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