The Business of Food Conference

June 29, 2015 all-day
Festival Conference Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA

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The Business of Food Conference

Growing our Culinary Region with the Right Ingredients - Recipes for Success

June 29, 2015

Nathan-Lyon-approved-Headshot-150x150Our Keynote speaker for this inaugural event will be Emmy-nominated Chef Nathan Lyon (, the author of the bestselling cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh, and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), Growing a Greener World (PBS) and Good Food America with Nathan Lyon (Veria).  Nathan is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA where he majored in Health Sciences. He was in the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star and has been a contributor to Home Made Simple (TLC) and Real Simple Life (TLC). He has cooked for prestigious organizations such as the Clinton Foundation, is a Culinary Ambassador with the City of Hope hospital, is a Sustainable Seafood Ambassador with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and recently received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Culinary Host."

A joint project of the Central Virginia and Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Centers ( and, the Business of Food Conference will feature a broad range of workshops topics and panel discussions - all of value to food service professionals, restaurant managers and owners, and all who desire to learn more about starting or growing a food business.

Check out all the topics and register today at

Fee:  $99 includes lunch, breaks, and lots of networking time.  You can register now via the CV SBDC site!

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Thank our Sponsors for their support of this Conference!


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Are you interested in participating as a Conference Sponsor?
Download the information here:  Business of Food 2015 Sponsorships