Looking for free advice about your food, beverage, or brewing business? We can help! Accion and Samuel Adams are excited to bring Brewing the American Dream Speed Coaching back to Chicago this year. Small business owner in the food and beverage industries can access local experts, including Sam Adams experts, who will provide one-on-one coaching in business topics such as: • Marketing • Sales + Distribution • Access to Capital • Legal Advice • Social Media • Business Planning ...and so much more!
Free dinner, parking, and Sam Adams beer are included.
Green City Market‘s Chef BBQ is Chicago’s premier Good Food event of the summer — and tickets are on sale! The Chef BBQ will take place Thursday, July 18 from 4:30-8 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 5:30-8 p.m. for general admission. Spend a summer evening in Lincoln Park enjoying a market-inspired menu prepared by 100+ local restaurants, brewers, winemakers, and mixologists.
You’ll mingle with many of Chicago’s top chefs and producers while sampling tasting portions of dishes and drinks made with ingredients from Green City Market farmers.
Buy tickets now or save the date — this is the one summer food event you do not want to miss! Purchase your tickets here.
Family Farmed, a sponsor for this event, is a Supporting Industry Partner of CFBN.
Spend a special and delicious day in the country (about 90 miles southwest of Chicago) with Mint Creek Farm, an organic livestock operation and graduate of FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator.
Beverage Sponsorships From Middle Brow Beer Co. & Letherbee Distillers
Live Music From Belly of the Whale
3:00 p.m.: Guests gather at the Greenhouse B&B and depart for the farm tour led by Farmer Harry Carr.
5:00-5:30 p.m.: Guests return to the Greenhouse B&B from the farm tour, at which point the first course or appetizer(s) can begin.
8 p.m.: Meals are usually finished by 8ish, though some guests like to linger and visit, generally hanging out by the campfire. Some guests spend the night at the B&B or camp in the expansive yard.
To learn more & purchase tickets click here
The fifth annual AgTech Nexus USA is bringing the conversation to Chicago, once again convening an international group of investors, agribusiness executives, agtech entrepreneurs and farmers with a spotlight on the rapidly growing agriculture technology market.
Presented by Global AgInvesting and co-hosted by the Illinois Soybean Association, AgTech Nexus in Chicago will expose attendees to the innovations and investment opportunities surrounding this compelling, nascent sector that has the power to change the trajectory of the global food system.
Trade disputes, labor shortages and market volatility are all raising issues for producers in a world where there is increasing consumer concern and scrutiny on the provenance of their food, not to mention the continuous need to sustainably increase productivity and efficiency for growing populations. This conference will feature presentations and panel discussions from industry thought leaders and forward thinkers, as well as the opportunity to gain context and clarity with exclusive farm tours and field trips.
For more information on this event and to register, CLICK HERE!
Organizers are currently offering a 15% registration discount, visit our Member Perks area to access discount codes!
If you are interested in contributing to this endeavor through sponsorship and/or speaking opportunities, please contact Kate Westfall to discuss the possibilities.
Highquest (the event organizer) is an Industry Media Partner of CFBN.
What is public relations in today’s crowded communications environment? Why is it important for small brands looking to carve a point of difference in and/or make it to mass in the marketplace? In this workshop with Laura Shulman (Founder, Food Future Strategies), we’ll explore how to effectively utilize multi-channel/platform storytelling, third party credibility, building advocacy, and basic tenets to effective storytelling. We’ll take a look at successful case studies, as well as workshop your brand’s story!
About the presenter:
Laura Shulman is the Founder of Food Future Strategies (FFS), a consultancy focused on building future-forward communication and marketing strategies to accelerate growth of entrepreneurial-minded brands and companies that are at the forefront of food.
Laura has nearly 20 years of experience working with global food and nutrition companies, commodity groups and associations to solve business challenges through insight-driven strategies and creative ideas. Her experience and expertise cut across the food spectrum, including consumer marketing, influencer engagement, nutrition strategy, reputation management and thought leadership positioning.
Clients she’s worked with include Kraft, Campbell Soup Company, Oreo, Frito Lay, PepsiCo, Quaker, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Dairy Management, Inc. and ADM.
Before launching FFS Laura built and ran the Food and Nutrition Practice for FleishmanHillard Chicago. She has also held senior executive roles at Edelman and Weber Shandwick. Prior to her PR career, Laura was a television reporter and anchor.
In this Lunch & Learn session, we will discuss the fundamental approach to designing hardware. The core criteria for hardware design has always been around Form, Fit, and Function. Therefore, as designers, we have always focused on the shape, the size, and the features of our products. However, there is little benefit to doing this, if we cannot ultimately manufacture our product for profit. To do this successfully, we must take into account the fabrication and assembly methods as early as possible in the design phase. By the end of this short class, we will have a greater understanding of what it takes to select, design, and build products using a variety of base materials like wood, plastic, metal, and even electronics.
Learn more and register for this event here
The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a Supporting Industry Parter of CFBN.
Join Science Retail for an overview on popular trends in restaurant technologies, and learn how to choose what’s best for your business. We’ll cover everything from data networks, POS, wifi, cameras, music, cloud-connected services and even website basics. Understand the biggest trends in restaurant technology, how to establish an IT strategy that fits your budget, and how to manage & avoid IT nightmares. Snacks will be generously provided by Science Retail and Upserve!
*This class is free for residents of the West Side communities. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 312-766-8311 with your address!*
About the presenters:
Science Retail offers brand-focused technology strategy and support to restaurants, music venues, coffee shops and other independently owned retail businesses throughout Chicago and LA. If something is broken and you don’t know how to fix it we have your back. Our team of Scientists are dedicated to helping your business stay up to date with modern technology. We deal with cables, wifi, website issues and all the IT headaches so you don’t have to.
Learn more & purchase tickets here
Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. The Hatchery’s cornerstone curriculum course will help you launch a successful food and beverage company. Learn all about the food entrepreneurship space as well as required licensing, certification, financing, and branding. Each attendee will receive our Starting a Food Business checklist, taking you through each license and certification you need to consider, so you’ll get started on the right track.
An experienced business attorney will also cover the many options for structuring your business entity: limited liability company, corporation, “S” corp, sole proprietorship, and partnership. Which structure is right for your venture? Learn the legal implications of each, so you can make an informed decision.
Learn more and register here
You are an exciting new company! You have a new idea that is taking shape, you are thinking about hiring a few key people and you are talking to vendors and suppliers. Someone asks if you to provide proof of insurance for your company. You had not thought about insurance. What is insurance, why do I need it and how do I get it?
Securing insurance to protect your emerging company from liabilities and other risks follows a distinct buying pattern. This workshop will walk you through a buying model that we have developed over the years of working with emerging companies. Our “Phases of Insurance and Risk Management” model will help you understand what is expected from business partners/vendors/investors and how you can anticipate what will be expected as you continue to grow your business.
To learn more & navigate registration, click here
The unrivaled depth and breadth of PACK EXPO Las Vegas makes it the packaging industry’s premier source for innovation, crossover technologies and never-before-seen solutions in North America. Taking place in odd-numbered years, PACK EXPO Las Vegas unites suppliers with manufacturers, delivering game-changing ideas for multiple vertical markets.
Registration is open! For more information and to register, please visit packexpolasvegas.com.
The PACK EXPO Portfolio of Trade Shows – Advancing Packaging and Processing. The PACK EXPO Portfolio of Trade Shows showcases innovations in action and unites suppliers and manufacturers from virtually every packaged good vertical market. Wherever you are and whatever your industry, there’s a PACK EXPO packaging or processing event to provide solutions you need today and the inspiration for tomorrow. For more information, please visit packexpo.com.
PMMI is a Supporting Industry Partner of CFBN.
FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator program and its Associate Board will hold its 2nd annual Taste of the GFA fundraiser and tasting event on Thursday, September 26. Details to come, but expect more delicious samples from graduates of our five-year-old entrepreneur development program and great local chefs who serve Good Food. Save the date!
At World Dumpling Fest, join the Chicago Cultural Alliance to celebrate and experience diverse cultures throughout Chicago and the world through performance, art, and DUMPLINGS! Every culture has a dumpling and here you can taste them all! Dumplings are served from neighborhood-based ethnic restaurants in and around Chicago.
WHO IS HOSTING?
Once again, World Dumpling Fest joins together with World Music Festival at Navy Pier’s Polk Bros. Park. These two cultural festivals feature international bands, food, and activities from 40 cultural heritage centers in Chicago!
World Music Festival is a part of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Stay tuned for the international performance line up!
World Dumpling Fest is a collaborative event between 40 cultural heritage museums and centers in Chicago. Check out the full list of Alliance Members!
Learn more about this event here!
CFBN has partnered with the 7th annual Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo, Oct. 1-3 in Schaumburg, IL to provide CFBN members significant benefits that include:
Sure it seems like it's a long way off, but October will be here in a flash - conference management has just opened registration for the Food Safety Consortium!
Here are just a few highlights of the upcoming programs - you can access the full event agenda on their web site!
For more information and to register:
Also, the Food Safety Consortium is co-located with the Cannabis Quality Conference & Expo. Both programs run concurrently, thus, Food Safety Consortium registrants can attend any of the Cannabis Quality Conference presentations.
For more information, go to CannabisQualityConference.com
The Food Safety Consortium Conference & Expo is presented by Innovative Publishing, a Supporting Industry Partner of CFBN.
The FSPCA Annual Conference provides stakeholders with an in-depth analysis of the latest information on FSMA implementation, activities of the FSPCA and the opportunity to network with food safety professionals from around the globe.
For more information, including footage of past presentation click here!
IIT/IFSH is a supporting partner of CFBN.
PACK EXPO East delivers cutting-edge packaging innovations to the doorstep of consumer packaged goods manufacturers located in the eastern United States. This smaller-scale, biennial event unites suppliers with manufacturers and provides a valuable opportunity to address changing market demands and build business connections in a key region, home to one third of the nation’s CPG companies.
For more information, please visit packexpoeast.com.
The unrivaled depth and breadth of PACK EXPO International makes it the North American packaging industry’s premier source for innovation, crossover technologies and never-before-seen solutions. Taking place in even numbered years in Chicago, PACK EXPO International unites suppliers with manufacturers, delivering game-changing ideas for multiple vertical markets.
For more information, please visit packexpointernational.com.
The most comprehensive food and beverage processing show in North America, ProFood Tech, transcends market sectors to serve up cutting-edge crossover technologies and innovative solutions seen nowhere else. Backed by three trade show powerhouses, this biennial show in Chicago is a can’t-miss event as it unites suppliers with manufacturers and addresses critical food and beverage manufacturing issues.
For more information, please visit profoodtech.com.
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