The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will sponsor a free seminar entitled, "Thinking about Starting a Food Business?" on Wednesday, September 12, from 6-8 p.m. on HCC's campus in the Student Center.

Have you been told by your friends and family that, "you ought to sell that" when they taste your barbecue sauce or strawberry jam or Christmas fruitcake? Want to be the next Ben & Jerry? Or would you just like to see your family's heirloom recipe for apple butter in jars in markets across the region?

If you have been thinking about starting a food business, come to see if you have what it takes to be successful. Learn the basics about starting a food business: What is involved in starting a food business? What are the regulations that govern food businesses? Where and how can I produce my product? Where can I get help?

Meet Mary Lou Surgi, the Director of Blue Ridge Food Ventures in Enka to learn about starting to produce and market your food product. For more information or to preregister for this free seminar, call the Small Business Center at 627 4512.