GTBNC Dec Newsletter

NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services – Steve Troxler, Commissioner Got To Be NC December 2017 Newsletter

Registration opens for Food Business Conference The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host its annual Food Business Conference in Durham on Feb. 14 . The conference, designed for growth-stage food entrepreneurs and food manufacturers, will feature presentations on identifying new markets through census data and Google analytics. The conference will be held at the N.C. Biotechnology Center in Durham from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Presentations include “Using U.S. Census Data to Discover Your Market Potential” by Kelly Karres, a data dissemination specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau; “Using Census Data to Estimate Market Share and Revenue” by NCDA&CS agribusiness developer Annette Dunlap; and “Using Google Analytics to Fine Tune Your Target Market” by Jessica Davis, a digital strategist with Level360, LLC. Cost is $55 per person, but participants can save $10 by registering before Jan. 5. A discounted registration fee is available for companies who want to bring a second attendee. Final registration and payment must be received by Feb. 1. Contact Annette Dunlap at for additional information.

N&O recognizes chefs Kinston chef Vivian Howard and Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen were named Tar Heels of the Year by the News & Observer in Raleigh because of their influence on cuisine in the state.

In-depth profiles and videos of Howard and Christensen will appear Dec.14 on , the same day as an event that honors them along with previous Tar Heels of the Year. The event is at the Crabtree Marriott in North Raleigh and is open to the public.

Vivian Howard Ashley Christensen

Program funds equipment to improve nutrition in food deserts Small retailers located in food deserts are encouraged to apply for funds being awarded to increase access to fresh foods. For the store owner, one of the barriers to providing healthier options is the cost of the equipment needed to stock these items. The Healthy Food Small Retailer Program is helping to overcome this obstacle by providing reimbursement for refrigeration, freezer and shelving equipment to stock nutrient-dense foods. If interested, you can download the application at the link above. Submit by Jan. 31 for priority consideration.

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