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Learn, launch and level up
your food business


March 7th - 8th, 2024 | Independence, MO

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About the
Food Biz Con

8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

March 7th - 8th, 2024

201 North Forest Avenue, Independence, Missouri 64050

Whether you are currently growing a food business or have an amazing idea for one, you’ll find something valuable at the 2024 Food Business Conference on March 7th - 8th in downtown Independence, Missouri.


This free, two-day conference offers topics related to mobile food businesses, manufacturing, restaurants and agriculture. It also will connect food entrepreneurs with support organizations, coaches and information. A variety of sessions, workshops and networking opportunities will equip you with the tools to strengthen your business.


Whether you are currently open for business or still have a food business dream, we have what you need to learn, launch and level up your food business!


2023 Agendas

Recorded 2023 Sessions

Funding Options

Panel of Grocery Buyers and Outlets

Pop-up Food Businesses

How to Hire and Retain Employees

How to Source Local Ingredients

The Work-Life Balance of Your Food Business


This conference is presented in partnership with the Ennovation Center, Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops, Kansas City Section of the Institute of Food Technology, Kansas Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, Kansas State University, Kansas State University–Olathe Campus, KCSourceLink, MCPL Culinary Center, MU Extension, North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, and Square One Small Business Services by MCPL.


This event is made possible in part by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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