Food Business Almanac: Building long-term relationships

by | Apr 23, 2012

NCDA&CS food business specialist Annette Dunlap offers resources that small-business owners and food entrepreneurs can use to grow and manage their business. Annette is available for free one-on-one consultations and can assist small-business owners with financial and market planning through the agribusiness development section. She can be reached at


Late spring and early summer present great opportunities for food businesses to capture new customers. Mother’s Day, graduations, June weddings and the Fourth of July are just some of the special occasions for which you may receive new customers. In the video above, Annette Dunlap shares tips on how your food business can transform those new relationships into lifelong customers.

If you’re looking for other ways to improve and expand your food business, remember there is still time to register for the first-ever Food Business Conference, which will be held in Burlington Tuesday, May 8.

Sponsored by the department, the event will include workshops on building your brand, marketing internationally, protecting your intellectual property, utilizing smartphones and QR codes and creating successful in-store tastings. Lunch will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunities to network with other food businesses during the day. Seating is limited for the event. A registration fee of $50 is due by May 1. You can download a copy of the agenda and registration form by clicking here.