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Specialty Food Business Workshop Offered

Fairbanks, Alaska—The University of Alaska Fairbanks will offer a workshop on starting a specialty food 
business April 21 in Fairbanks andat videoconference sites in Anchorage, Delta Junction and Sitka.


The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UAF Cooperative Extension Service Tanana District 
office at 724 27th Ave. Quentin Fong, seafood-marketing specialist for the Marine Advisory Program, and Kate 
Idzorek, Extension food technician, will discuss business ideas with participants and provide guidance on 
entering the specialty food market. Idzorek said specialty foods are manufactured in low volume from 
high-quality ingredients. They include products like jams and jellies made from Alaska berries or handmade 
chocolates.
Idzorek said participants would gain skills to objectively evaluate theirbusiness ideas and a 
basic understanding of what a bank may want to see if they apply for a loan. Topics will include marketing, 
pricing and promoting products, developing a business plan, creating nutrition fact labels and making sure 
facilities meet health and safety guidelines. Participants will receive a business plan template and other 
information sources.

The workshop fee is $30 and preregistration is required. Register online at http://bit.ly/foodsworkshop. 
Participants may also register by callingExtension in Fairbanks at 474-2450 or 474-2420; Anchorage, 
Leslie Shallcross at 786-6313; Delta Junction, Christy Roden at 895-4215; and Sitka, Bob Gorman at 747-9413.  
Videoconference sites will include the Anchorage Extension office at 1675 C St., the Delta Career 
Advancement Center and Room 106 of the UAS Sitka campus building.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Kate Idzorek at 907-474-5391 or kjidzorek@alaska.edu.

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