• Build Your Food Business

    Calling All Food Entrepreneurs

    Building a successful and resilient food business requires very specific skill sets. Develop those abilities faster and with the support of experts in a six week intensive upskilling program offered in collaboration with Worcester Regional Food Hub.

    Participants meet once a week for two hours in an instructor-led class at Worcester State University, and are expected to dedicate an additional three to four hours each week applying the concepts learned in the class to their food ventures. These upskilling programs are designed for individuals who have already started their food business journey; these programs are not for individuals who are only considering starting a food business.

    "This was an amazing class. Well taught, class notes and lectures were clear and precise and relevant. The networking alone was AWESOME, let alone the knowledge. These 6 weeks helped me to rebrand, build my website, hire a professional strategist, streamline and refocus. The way I grew my business in 6 weeks is incredible. EVERY food entrepreneur should take this course. I can't say enough great things. I definitely want to be in the March and April classes."
    Briana Azier, owner of Bri’s Sweet Treats

    Scholarships are available for individuals for whom the registration fee would be burdensome. These scholarships are possible due to a generous donation by Chartwells.

    Available Upskilling Programs

    Leverage Digital Media to Build Your Food Business

    Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 1, 2022 to April 5, 2022

    Learn practical approaches to using digital media to create a brand that resonates with your customers. Topics covered include getting and engaging followers on social media, results-oriented email marketing, and designing a website that works. By the end of this program, you will be executing your action-oriented digital marketing plan like a pro. Participant Fee $300.

    Preparing for Your Wholesale Permit

    Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 21, 2022 to June 2, 2022

    In Massachusetts, a wholesale license issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Food Protection Program is required for producing most types of food that is sold to other businesses. This program will prepare your business for the regulatory requirements and initial inspection in order to receive your wholesale permit. Participant Fee $300.

    New! Wholesalers, Set Up Your Distribution Channels

    Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 3, 2022 to April 8, 2022

    You have a wholesale permit, now what? Learn how to get your product onto the shelves of specialty food stores, markets and grocers so you can sell your product locally and nationally!
    Participant Fee $150.

    New! Food Business Strategy and Planning

    Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 19, 2022 to May 31, 2022

    Learn to develop and implement a food business strategy and plan. It’s like hiring a professional business consultant, but better.
    Participant Fee $150.

    A digital badge from Worcester State University is earned with successful completion of an upskilling program to validate and communicate your achievement.

    Special Rate for the Two NEW Programs

    The two NEW programs are offered at a 50% discount of the $300 fee with the expectation that participants will provide feedback during the program as we refine the content.

    Scholarships are available for individuals for whom the registration fee would be a financial barrier to participation.

    Sign up to be notified when registration opens on February 7, 2022!

    For more information or to request a scholarship, contact Worcester State’s Director of Entrepreneurship, Elaine Vescio, at


    Center for Entrepreneurship
    Sullivan Academic Center
    Office S-204G