Get a recipe for success in the food industry from West Virginia University Extension Service. Business and food safety experts from across the state will offer advice through two, day-long Food for Profit workshops in Belington and Charleston.

“We want to teach people to maximize their profits and successfully operate a business,” said Litha Sivanandan, WVU Extension food safety and preservation specialist. “This workshop prepares participants for the hurdles, legal and otherwise, that new and potential business owners face.”

Topics include everything from developing a business plan and applying for loans, to determining prices, registering trademarks and buying insurance. Certifications, inspections, labeling requirements, responding to emergencies and marketing will also be covered.

The Charleston session takes place at the Kanawha County office of the WVU Extension Service in Kanawha City on Nov. 19.

The Belington workshop takes place at the Belington Fire Hall on Nov. 20.

The sessions are geared toward business owners, producers, farmers, micro- and home-based businesses, farmers’ market vendors and restaurateurs.

The cost of the course is $30, and participants can register for the Belington session by contacting the Barbour County Office of the WVU Extension Service at 304-457-3254. To register for the Charleston session, contact the Kanawha County WVU Extension Service at 304-720-9573.

The deadline to register is Nov. 14. The program is sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Project.

Connecting the people of West Virginia to the University’s resources and programs is the primary goal of WVU Extension Service and its 55 offices throughout the state. Local experts, like WVU Extension’s agents and specialists, work to help improve the lifestyles and well-being of youths, workforces, communities, farms and businesses through trusted research in the counties they serve.

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