Foundations by Frontier Kitchen

So you have a great idea and you have always wanted to start your own business. Maybe you are a professional chef or maybe you just have a recipe you know will take the industry by storm. But running a business is not like working in a kitchen...Now what?

You want to do it right and you want to give your company EVERY chance for success.  This is why Foundations by Frontier Kitchen is for you.

Foundations teaches you all the fundamental skills and tools you need to start a food business.  During the course you will become certified in Food Safety Management and obtain your appropriate regulatory licenses to operate your business.  Then, you will learn all the fundamental skills of being a business owner as you actually BECOME a business owner.

Nothing theoretical here...you start your business and we walk you through all the steps.   The course is small--limited to a maximum of 10 companies--because you will be getting the best one-on-one consulting for YOUR COMPANY.  

Frontier Kitchen management are the primary instructors.  With over 35 years of experience in business and food, not only have we walked the walk with our own food companies (and other companies) we have experienced exactly how our members companies are succeeding (and not) in the current food environment.  We also bring in experts from the community--accountants, bankers, graphic artists and more--to help you get the best information and experience for your business.

Foundations is one of very few in-person food business training programs in the United States.  Food businesses come with unique challenges.  Foundations takes you through the start up phase so you don't have to do it alone!  In four months you will have all the skills and knowledge you need to decide if you want to pursue your business—and experience and mentors to give you the best chance for success.

The Foundations curriculum includes:

·        Food Safety Managers Certification

·        Regulatory Requirements (VDAC, Health Department, USDA, Incorporation, Tax Numbers, etc)

·        Producing at the Commercial level/ Commercial Kitchen Equipment Training

·        Product Marketing/Pictures and figuring out packaging

·        Finding Your Customers

·        Producing Marketing Materials

·        How to Present your Product and Company

·        Hands-on Sales Days—Farmer’s Markets, Events, online sales and pitching to wholesale clients

·        Financial Accounting

·        Food Pricing

·        Securing Capital

·        Hiring and Managing Employees

·        Managing Operations/ Creating Company Policies

Included in the training is part-time membership and two ingredient storage shelves in Frontier Kitchen, giving you the ability to create and start selling your products even as you learn.  At the end of training, you will pitch your company and your product to a panel of financiers for up to $25,000 in working capital for your company. 

Cost of the ENTIRE four month program is $5000 per student.  Financial assistance is available.  Fill out an application below to get an appointment to meet with us! 

Just some of the products and activities from our Foundations members!