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New In Our Collection ~ Homemade for Sale: How to Set up and Market a Food Business from your Home Kitchen

April 15th, 2015

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From farm-to-fork and “Buy Local” to slow food and hand-made artisan breads, more people than ever are demanding real food made with real ingredients by real people. Widely known as “cottage food legislation,” over forty-two states and many Canadian provinces have enacted recent legislation that encourages home cooks to create and sell a variety of “non-hazardous” food items, often defined as those that are high-acid, like pickles, or low moisture, like breads or cookies. Finally, “homemade” and “fresh from the oven” on the package can mean exactly what it says.

Homemade for Sale is the first authoritative guide to conceiving and launching your own home-based food start-up. Packed with profiles of successful cottage food entrepreneurs, this comprehensive and accessible resource covers everything you need to get cooking for your customers, creating items that by their very nature are specialized and unique. Topics covered include:

  • Product development and testing
  • Marketing and developing your niche
  • Structuring your business and planning for the future
  • Managing liability, risk, and government regulations

You can join a growing movement of entrepreneurs starting small food businesses from their home. No capital needed, just good recipes, enthusiasm, and commitment, plus enough know-how to turn fresh ingredients into sought-after treats for your local community. Everything required is probably already in your home kitchen. Best of all, you can start tomorrow!

Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko are co-authors of Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring, and Rural Renaissance, and are innkeepers of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast (innserendipity.com).

New In Our Collection ~ Evergreen : Cultivate the Enduring Customer Loyalty That Keeps your Business Thriving

April 1st, 2015

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New In Our Collection ~ The Start-Up Plan for Starting Now: Fail Fast or Win Big

March 11th, 2015

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New In Our Collection ~ Strategize to Win : The New Way to Start Out, Step Up, or Start Over in your Career

February 22nd, 2015

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LinkedIn To Your Network

February 13th, 2015

LinkedIn is a powerful, professional, social networking tool that is becoming more and more essential to the job hunting process. Some readers may already be on LinkedIn and others may not. This blog will provide a survey of resources that will assist you with either getting started on LinkedIn or to improve your existing profile and begin using LinkedIn more effectively in your job search.

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New In Our Collection ~ People Tools for Business

January 18th, 2015

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Network or Don’t Work

January 7th, 2015

Maria Frey, who runs the Port Washington Public Library’s Job Search Boot Camp, teaches networking as the single most important tool to use in your job search. Many of us struggle with exactly what this means. What is networking? How do you do it? With whom do you networking. Here is a survey of some articles or videos that will give you insight into this important concept and prepare you to begin to build relationships toward helping you succeed.

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Joining Forces for Veterans

November 8th, 2014

Joining Forces is an initiative of the White House lead by Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Joining Forces seeks to “work hand in hand with the public and private sectors to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives”
Joining Forces

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New In Our Collection ~ Rookie Smarts : Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work

October 22nd, 2014

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Is it possible to be at your best even when you are underqualified or doing something for the first time? Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges? With the right mindset—with Rookie Smarts—you can.

In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Careers stall, innovation stops, and strategies grow stale. Being new, naïve, and even clueless can be an asset. For today’s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.

In this essential guide, leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains how to reclaim and cultivate this curious, flexible, youthful mindset called Rookie Smarts. She argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers—alert and seeking, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like pioneers. Most importantly, she identifies a breed of leaders she refers to as “perpetual rookies.” Despite years of experience, they retain their rookie smarts, thinking and operating with the mindsets and practices of these high-performing rookies.

Rookie Smarts addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: “Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? Will a young, inexperienced newcomer upend my company or me? How can I keep up?” The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning, and know when to think like a rookie.

Rookie Smarts isn’t just for professionals seeking personal renewal; it is an indispensible resource for all leaders who must ensure their workforces remains vital and competitive.

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New In Our Collection ~ What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know

October 18th, 2014

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