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your food business


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

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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!


2024 Programs

Thursday, March 7th

8:30 am

Coffee and Networking featuring Novella 


9:00 am 

You Could Sell This Rub, Sauce (Fill in the Blank): From Trends to the Trenches with Jill Silva, former KC Star Food Editor, and Todd Johns, the President of Plowboys Foods

El Viaje de Palacana: del concepto a la realidad with Jose Luis Valdez, the visionary behind Palacana (previously known as Tropicana)

10:45 am 

How to Successfully Launch Your Food Service Business

Look Before You Leap

Panel of Grocery Buyers & Outlets

De la A - Z para abrir el restaurante de tus sueños (In Spanish) 

12:00 pm

Lunch featuring GoChew Food Truck 

1:30 pm

Crafting a Winning Value Proposition

Food Truckers Panel

How to Create a Marketing Plan for Your Food Biz

Llevar su producto al estante minorista (In Spanish) 

3:00 pm

Food Truck 16 Week Startup Guide

Food Product Businesses 101

How to Hire and Retain Great Employees Panel

Lecciones de las trincheras: opiniones de propietarios de restaurantes y camiones de comida (In Spanish)

4:30 pm

Pricing Your Food Products

3 Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Buying Meat Directly from a Farm

Navegando por el panorama legal del emprendimiento culinario (In Spanish) 

Friday, March 8th

8:30 am

Coffee and Networking featuring Grounded Mobile Coffee


9:00 am

Community Minded Food Business with Shanita McAfee-Bryant, Founder/ Executive Director at The Prospect KC/The Spot

10:45 am

Branding Workshop

Legal Considerations for Food Businesses

Funding Options Panel

12:00 pm 

Lunch featuring WestSide Cafe 

1:30 pm 

Using Data to Grow Your Business

Operating a Food Processing Business in Missouri

Developing a Social Media Mindset

3:00 pm

Developing a Basic Business Plan

Tracking Money for Your Small Business

The Work-Life Balance Panel

4:30 pm 

Alcohol Business Panel and Networking


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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