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Basic Training for Food Entrepreneurs

Time limit: 90 days

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Basic Training for Food Entrepreneurs Online Course

Your friends tell you your salsa is the best they ever tasted. Your grandmother’s bread is the hit of every social gathering. You think about selling your food product, but you do not know where to begin. The fact is ... Perfecting a product is only one step in starting a food business. Production, marketing and regulatory requirements can seem overwhelming to the entrepreneur. While there is not a specific food business-starting formula, there are some common topics every potential food processor should consider. The Basic Training for Food Entrepreneurs online course will help participants address issues through business planning assistance, market identification, strategies and explanation of food processing regulations.

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Time Requirements

  • Approximately 4 hours total.
  • The course is divided into 11 modules that can be completed at your own pace.
  • Each module will take about 20 minutes to complete.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify various regulations within the food industry.
  • Describe the basic steps of food processing and the purpose of using a co-packer.
  • Identify the steps required to register a trademark.
  • Identify and describe the basic components required on a food label and the differences between brands, logos and labels.
  • Describe the benefits of the Made in Oklahoma program and how to apply for the program.
  • Describe the key details of selling a product to the grocery store and foodservice industry, and calculate costs to determine the final price of a product.
  • Determine what makes an activity a hobby or a business.
  • Describe the components and characteristics of a business plan.
  • Identify the next steps for your business.

Teaching Method

This is a self-paced course. You will engage in learning activities and take quizzes.  


  • Health Regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Processing and Co-Packing
  • Patents and Trademarks
  • Labeling Requirements
  • The "Made in Oklahoma" Program
  • Branding, Logos and Labels
  • Retail Marketing
  • Foodservice Marketing
  • Business Structure, What Best Fits You?
  • Next Steps: Where to go from Here

Completing the Course

  • To complete the course, you must access all pages and earn an assessment of 80% on all quizzes.
  • Once you have completed the course, you will be granted a certificate of completion.