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OSU Extension

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

February 12, 2024 - 9:20pm --

 Food Business Central is an online, self-paced course that equips food entrepreneurs with knowledge and strategies to launch a successful farm-raised or home-based food business in Ohio.

Navigating food regulations, establishing a new business, and applying best practices for food safety can be challenges for food entrepreneurs. This course is designed to serve as a centralized hub to connect you to information and resources regarding all types of food products you might want to make and sell.

It is designed for anyone wanting to start a business making and selling packaged food products.  Whether you're a farmer looking for value-added opportunities for crops you've grown or livestock you've raised, a baker ready to sell your home-baked goods, or an entrepreneur aiming to use local agricultural products to make value-added foods, this course will help guide you.

Throughout the course, participants will build their “My Food Business Action Plan.” This contains key questions with considerations to explore and actions to take on their journey to start a food business. This action plan gives food entrepreneurs answers they need to complete a business plan with help from their local Small Business Development Center. Upon finishing the course, participants will receive a certificate of completion. The cost of the course is $25, and registration is at .