Thanks for your interest in the Piedmont Food and Agricultural Processing Center! Before completing this application, please review our website and visit the North Carolina Department of Agriculture's website on how to start a food business here:
Business name (please put TBD if you do not have a business name)
Business Address (include county)
Please share the link to your business's website if applicable.
How established is your business?
New business or start-up
In the first year of operation
Operating for over a year
What is your business structure?
Please provide a brief description of your business, or your elevator pitch. See this link to learn about elevator pitches:
Packaged food for retail sale (dry, refrigerated or frozen foods)
Acidified food (ph <4.6)
Farm processing (minimal preparation like bagging apples)
Value added foods (preparation and packaging like jams, jellies and sauces)
Foods produced for personal consumption
Meat (products containing more than 2% meat)
What is your experience with food safety?
Food safety courses, like ServSafe
Culinary school or training
I don't have any food safety experience
Do you have current liability insurance for your business? If so, with whom?
Are you working with a business consultant or mentor? Learn about finding a mentor here:
Have you completed any of these strategic planning tools?
Business plan (See
Cost-benefit analysis (See
Exit strategy planning (See
In the next year, how many employees do you plan to have?
When do you want to start working at PFAP?
Do you have any additional questions?
How did you hear about Piedmont Food Processing Center?
Word of mouth
Google or other search engine
Trade Association - (example, NCDA, Specialty Foods)
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