Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST
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Arlington Economic Development 
1100 N Glebe Rd
Suite 1500
Arlington, VA 22201

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Workshop Team 
Washington DC SCORE 

Thinking of Starting a Food Business Workshop - C0001 

Whether you’re thinking of a food-related side hustle, a cottage business based in your own kitchen, a food truck, or a full-fledged restaurant or other brick-and-mortar business, this survey course on starting a food-based business is a great introduction.  No matter what type of business you’re planning, one key to success is to know what to expect and be ready to handle it.  This workshop provides an overview of the many issues you’ll need to deal with, including:

  • The variety of ways that you can get into the food space
  • How to start small and grow as you go
  • Skills and traits needed to succeed in the food world
  • Understanding the competitive landscape
  • Writing a business plan and creating short and long-term goals
  • Regulatory requirements that you’ll face, whether you’re in Maryland, DC, Virginia, or all three
  • Traditional and alternative options for funding your business
  • Developing a plan to market your business
  • Resources available to train you, fund, and help accelerate your business



Suzanne McGrath brings diverse experience to SCORE, having practiced as a lawyer, while also possessing extensive experience in the retail and hospitality industries.  Originally trained as a pastry chef, Suzanne obtained her law degree from William & Mary and practiced as a litigator before returning to the hospitality sphere.  After developing expertise in wine, she created and managed an innovative wine retail business in Arlington for ten years, and eventually expanded the business to add a restaurant and private event facility.  A Certified Wine Educator, she has focused on private events and education over the last several years.  Suzanne has a deep enthusiasm for SCORE’s mission, and looks forward to assisting entrepreneurs, especially those interested in developing food-based businesses in the DC area.