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Food Ed


Do You Want to Start a Food Business? Let Us Help!

Success in opening a restaurant or food business doesn’t just depend on the taste of your food. 

Mid-Continent Public Library’s Square One Small Business Services is here to help you understand the fundamentals of starting a food business—from financing your idea to marketing your new brand—so you can start serving your food to Kansas City.

How Square One Can Help You

  • Free classes and workshops taught by successful, local food business owners and industry experts. 
  • Free resources to help with everything from writing a business plan to advertising on Facebook. 
  • One-on-one assistance from the Square One Business Services team.

Get Started with Food Business Education

Want to take your food product business to the next level?

Apply for the Food Manufacturing School! In this hands-on training series, we’ll cover product regulation, sales, logistics, HR, marketing, and branding. The class culminates in a pitching session featuring local stores and distributors. You’ll also have one-on-one time with industry leading experts, and receive an individualized session in the on-site kitchen to review the most efficient preparation processes for your product. The Food Manufacturing School is a competitive program, and an application does not guarantee participation. Applications are due by March 8th, 2020.

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Online Learning

In addition to programs, the Library offers a wide variety of free online learning tools and digital resources. No matter what type of food business you’re launching, you can benefit from access to hundreds of free resources to learn more about business planning, digital marketing, market research, and more. If you have a Mid-Continent Public Library Access Pass (Library card), you can get started today. 

To apply for and start using your Library card today, visit or visit any MCPL branch.

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