PREP Mentorship Series

PREP Connect Mentorship Series,
People, Purpose & Passion – The Pathway to Success!
Tuesday,  May 29th, 2018, 9am – 1:30 pm
PREP 3 TRAINING ROOM (LOOK FOR SIGNS)

PREP Mentorship Series for Specialty Food Producers

 

8:30 – 9:30    Breakfast & Gathering:

Serving  Cloudland CoffeeFive Daughters Bakery’s Donuts – Coach Joe’s Waffle Stackers

9:30    From a Concept to Store Shelves – Tony Webster – PREP Member – founder of Salsa Sol Del Rio

9:50    Running with the Big Guys –  John Roonan – Cohen Foods

10:20   Running With Your Story – Scott Lamphere – Corporate Chef, Gordon Food Service

10:40   Life is a Highway, Get Out of the Slow Lane! – Coach Joseph Crosby – Coach Joe’s Market

11:10   Selling Igloos To Eskimos – Nick Carse – Founder of King Of Pops & P10 Foods

11:30   Speaker Panel Q&A

12;30   Thrive Tuesday – Lunch with Gordon Food Service & Product Sampling

PREP Members Click Here to RSVP or message JR Marranci!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

Thrive Thursdays – Gordon Food Service – Every Thursday @ 1 pm,  Julia D’Amico and Lakisha Maven will be show-casing products, brands and recipes in the Shared Kitchen @ PREP. Be sure and come hungry!

ServSafe Classes @ PREP Tuesday May 22nd – Contact JR for more info

Building a “One Sheet” Every specialty food producer needs a single document to tell your story.
Develop a sheet with photos, your story,  pricing and details about your product when presenting to Buyers, Markets and more.
This workshop will be hands on using your laptop and MS Word to produce your company’s One Sheet.

Call for Entries –  Specialty Food Producers bring samples of your products for the PREP Mentor Series on Tuesday May 29th to share with other PREP Members and guests.

Call for Entries – Specialty Food Producers bring samples of your products to PREP’s office on Wednesday June 6th for presentation to food broker Cohen Foods.

PREP Members Seminar: How to Show Up on Google (June 2018 date TBD)

Director of Operations Doug Marranci will walk you through how to leverage the high density of food based businesses at our address to help increase your exposure on Google and in internet searches.

CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/google/

PAST PREP Mentorship CONNECT EVENTS

PREP Photography Q&A
No-cost consultation with Atlanta food and lifestyle photographer Kerrieann Axt
CLICK HERE for more info http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-kerrieann-axt-kga-photography-northern-suburbs/

PREP Members Twitter Workshop
How to put Twitter into action for your brand with President of Bloomberg Marketing Tony Bloomberg
CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/twitter/

PREP Food Safety Training
PREP Members and their staff receive the latest food safety training updates from Dekalb County Department of Environmental Health’s Renita Stroup and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Betsy Dziadik & Christa Bone
CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/prep-food-safety-training/

Facebook, E-Commerce & Food Photography
PREP Members learn how to maximize their business presence with Facebook, how to set up an e-commerce site using Shopify, and how to craft professional quality food photographs using only a smartphone.
CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/differentlight/

“Building Your Brand” PREP Mentor Series
Two Atlanta area branding experts share tips on how to make the most out of your personal brand.
CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/branding/

PREP Members Seminar: How to Show Up on Google
Director of Operations Doug Marranci will walk you through how to leverage the high density of food based businesses at our address to help increase your exposure on Google and in internet searches.
CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/google/

PREP Members Mobile Food Service Meet & Greet
PREP’s Mobile Food Service Operators and Mentors get a chance to mix & mingle with their fellow food truck owners, learn about Food Costing Tools, and learn strategies for surviving the winter from one of PREP’s veteran food truck operators.
CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/prep-members-mobile-food-service-meet-greet/

Selling Online & Passport to Export Conference
Passport to Export is part of a reginal Global Cities Initiative strategy to help grow companies through exports. It is an informal, candid, roundtable discussion between companies that have export experience and companies that are interested in learning more about exports.
CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/selling-online-passport-to-export-conference/

Business Branding Seminar
Marcus Jackson of Caliber Elite Consulting discusses how to focus and develop your brand.
CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/business-branding-seminar-prep-tuesday-july-26th/

Food Safety Training Class
Dekalb County Department of Environmental Health’s Renita Stroup leads a class on new issues and food safety basics.
CLICK HERE for more info https://www.prepatl.com/food-safety-training-class-at-prep/

 

Twitter Workshop for Food Entrepreneurs – Save the Date!

PREP Members Twitter Workshop – Thursday April 19th @ 10 am.

Twitter For PREP Foodpreneurs with Toby Bloomberg.

As a foodpreneur you’re following your passion. But passion alone does not make a successful business.

The food space is crowded and competition is fierce. No matter how delicious your product is customers will purchase only if they know you exist.

 

On a small business owners’ limited budget digital and social media tactics become increasingly important. In 240 characters Twitter can be one of your most important resources to tell your story, build awareness of your product, nurture customer loyalty with the ultimate goal ~ to make the cash register ring!

This is a working session where you’ll not only learn how to use one of the most popular social media tools but leave with a framework of a Twitter Roadmap that will help you put Twitter into action for your brand.  We’ll discuss how to grow your followers with content and engagement. We’ll explore how to create a tweet, the important aspects of your Twitter page, hashtags and more!

Seating is limited – Click Here to RSVP for Twitter Workshop

Bring your laptops and mobile devices and Tweet along!

Click Here for more info about Toby Bloomberg

 

Diva Foodies – www.divafoodies.com

Twitter – @DivaFoodies – https://twitter.com/DivaFoodies

 

 

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind, to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – PREP on Instagram – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Marranci! Take a look at his website wwwArt-Atlanta.com – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

 

PREP Food Safety Training

Food Safety Training Classes
Tuesday, March 27th & Wednesday, March 28th

Class size is limited – RSVP (Click Here) Early!

All PREP Members are permitted.

All permitting authorities require continuing and ongoing documented food safety training.

This is your opportunity to have one or all of your staff take food safety training updates.

Food Safety is of utmost importance, protect the public, and protect your business!

Two training sessions.  You may participate in either class.

Please try to make it to one of these!

Tuesday, March 26th @ 10 am – Renita Stroup – DeKalb County Environmental Health

Wednesday, March 27th @ 10 am – Betsy Dziadik & Christa Bone – Georgia Department of Agriculture

RSVP (Click Here)

Classes will be held at the conference room in front of PREP 2.  You can park at PREP and walk out of the back into PREP 2.  Walk towards exit gate and you are in front of 3781 Presidential Parkway.

 

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind, to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – PREP on Instagram – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Marranci! Take a look at his website wwwArt-Atlanta.com – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

Facebook, E-Commerce & Food Photography – PREP Mentor Series

PREP Mentor Series training classes
Wednesday March 7th

Facebook Marketing for Food Entrepreneurs
Set up an e-commerce site using Shopify
Photography Workshop using your mobile phones

Click Here To RSVP!

1. Facebook Business 101 – 10 am

facebook marketing shared kitchens

If all that you know about Facebook is what you see to the left, this is the class for you.  We will show you how to create a facebook page and a Facebook business page.  This session will last about 30 minutes with 30 minutes for questions and answers.

Bring your laptop or tablet, loaded with photos and information.  If you can turn on a computer, you can follow along as we walk you through this step by step!

1. 1 Facebook Advanced – Maximizing your business presence – 10:30 am

Food trucks catering shared kitchens facebook seminar

Facebook seminars presented by JR Santos, PREP Co-founder and Director of First Impressions.

There is little doubt that your first encounter with PREP was on the internet.  All of PREP’s marketing and social media is done in-house by JR and Doug Marranci.  With combined experience of 28 years of internet marketing and search engine optimization, we will walk you through creating your online Facebook presence.

This is a non-technical class.  
Anyone can do it!

This second session will dive into developing your Facebook Business Page, linking and using the tools to maximize the exposure that Facebook can bring to your business.

Internet marketing is constantly changing and evolving.  Following some simple steps will help keep you ahead of the curve, and contribute to your success in 2018!

This seminar is for PREP Members Only
and requires an RSVP.

2. Set up an e-commerce site using Shopify 11:00 am – Noon

Rick Herbst (PREP Member) Nonna’s Family Kitchen – Nonna’s on Facebook

Rick uses Shopify for Nonna’s Family Kitchen and will show you how to get started using this platform.  Bring your laptop, get signed up, start a free trial,  and learn about options available on Shopify so you can bring your products and services to life!

Starting a Food Business in Georgia

3. Social Hour (light snacks will be provided) Noon – 1 pm

4. Photography Workshop (using your mobile phones) 1 pm – 2 pm

JR Santos and Scott Lamphere (Gordon Food Service) will show you how to really take a look at your food and products and create professional quality photographs using simple plating techniques,  backgrounds, still objects and easily available iPhone & Android Apps.  This class is for EVERYONE (beginners). A Lightbox, studio lighting and backgrounds will be available.  Bring a product or plate of your food, and we will help you bring your concept to life!

 

*. Automobile Detailing while you learn!

Special PREP Member offer from Bobby’s Shine Shop
Bo White, owner of Bobby’s Shine Shop will be at PREP during our Mentor Series Training Class, offering PREP Members
Superior Automobile Cleaning Services.  Have your car or Food Truck detailed while you are learning! Bobby’s on Facebook Contact Bobby @  (762) 217-5801 directly and drive off with your spotlessly clean car! (weather permitting)

Seating is limited RSVP Today

Click Here To RSVP!

Start out your day by going to The Little Farmhouse Café in the front of PREP 2,
and have a cup of coffee on us!
Just say PREP Mentor Series  www.mrdFoods.com

The seminar will be held at Suite 136 in the office right outside of the rear gate
at PREP 2.  Look for the signs (3781 Presidential Parkway,)

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind, to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos! Take a look at his website wwwArt-Atlanta.com – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

“Building Your Brand” PREP Mentor Series – Wednesday February 14th!

PREP Mentor series
“Building Your Brand”  Save the Date!

PREP Atlanta Shared Kitchens

Wednesday February 14th!
PREP is excited to announce our Mentors for this seminar!

“HOW BRIGHT IS YOUR BRAND BULB?” 10 am and 2 pm – Scott Lamphere, Culinary Specialist and Corporate Chef  Gordon Food Service 

“Branding 101” 11:30 am Meyer Janet, Branding Expert,  PREP Member “Cotton Cravings

1-2  pm – Time for Q&A and getting to know your PREP Community Members, refreshments will be available!

This Mentor Series Seminar will be held at the office building in front of PREP 2.  Using the pedestrian gate, or the driveway at the back of PREP,  turn left and exit the rear gate.  As you pass through this gate, you will see the PREP sign on the suite right in front of you.

Click Here to RSVP

This seminar is offered for PREP Members only!

Presenter Bios:

Scott Lamphere
Culinary Specialist / Corporate Chef
Gordon Food Services, Southeast

Scott is a native Texan who grew up in West Texas where his family was involved in both the farming and ranching community as well as their family owned restaurant business.  Fun fact:  His Grandparents’ restaurant is known for “inventing” the Chicken Fried Steak in Dawson County over 75 years ago.

Scott is self-taught and well mentored in all types of professional kitchens and culinary settings.  For 22 years, he worked as a Healthcare Sales and Marketing Executive in the Pharmaceutical and Hospitality arenas.  During this time he also honed his skills while owning a Culinary Consulting Firm called,

Small Town Kitchen Tablewhere he has worn several hats as a Culinary Consultant, Chef Instructor / Caterer, Cookbook Editor, Kitchen Coach and is a Certified Sensory and Tasting Judge for National, Regional and Local food and beverage competitions.  

He serves on the Board of Directors for several food and beverage non-profit organizations and is a Volunteer Event Chef for The Giving Kitchen, Georgia Grown, 7 Bridges Mission, Mercy Chefs, Taste of Atlanta, and Les Dames de Escoffier.

In addition to being a regular Chef-Instructor with The Cook’s Warehouse, he is a member of IACP, Southeastern Foodways, The Culinary Trust, The Hospitality Syndicate and FoodService Resource Associates, LLC

 

Meyer J. Janet B.Com, MBA, CA(SA),CPA(ISR)

  • – CFO of large retail chain in South Africa
  • – Director of Suzuki Distributors
  • – Franchise holder of major fashion and sporting apparel brands
  • – Management consultant to major corporations in the toy and the wine industry
  • – Partner in UK executive search practice
  • – Partner and founder of Design Plus a licensing and branding boutique in 1995 in USA Clients include: Coca Cola, Taco Bell, Anheuser Busch, KFC, Kellogg’s, Post Cereals, Hormel, Kikkoman, Super Pretzel and ICEE.
  • – Long standing member of LIMA (licensing industry merchandisers association)
  • – Contributor to articles in LIMA publications and Entrepreneur Magazine
  • – Partner in Cotton Cravings LLC

Branding 101 Synopsis

  1. 1 The dream- concept- Reason vs Passion
  2. 2 The Unique Selling Proposition
  3. 3 Brand name, Graphics etc.
  4. 4 Scanning the market and matching Threats and Opportunities to Strengths and Weakness
  5. 5 Mission Statement and setting of goals
  6. 6 Brand positioning
  7. 7 Brand Equity and Message
  8. 8 Getting the message to market and staying on message
  9. 9 The Extended Product and living up to consumer expectations 

PREP Members Mobile Food Service Meet & Greet

PREP Mobile Food Service Members,  Happy New Year!

Time to get the New Year off to a great start, and get ready for the best year ever!
Keep your calendar open Thursday January 11th from 3 – 5 pm
People eat out all year long!  Let’s discuss strategies for maximizing success in the Winter Season!
3 pm – Meet and Greet, get to know your PREP Family of Mobile Food Service Members.
3:45 pm – Basic Food Costing discussion tools – Discussion about PREP resources.
4:15 pm – Chef Daron, Island Chef Cafe, conversations about surviving the winter.
4:45 pm – TBD
Location will be at the PREP facility, exact location will be announced shortly.
We will schedule a follow up meeting for those not able to make this date.



Click Here if you do not see the RSVP Form!

PREP Food Service Members, watch for information about a meet and greet coming soon!

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap Woodstock – Truck & Tap Alpharetta – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos!
Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

PREP Members Seminar – How to show up on Google! Tuesday January 16th 9 and 2 pm

Save the Date!
“Create your Google Listing”
Seminar for PREP Members only!

If you can turn on a laptop, you can do this!

On Tuesday January 16th at 9:00AM and again at 2:00PM,
Doug Marranci, Co-Founder/Director of Operations, will walk you through how to leverage the high density
of food based businesses at our address to help increase your exposure
on Google and in internet searches.

Tuesday January 16th – Choose one of two sessions – 9:00AM or 2:00PM

All that you need is a laptop or tablet.  Specific instructions will be emailed to all participants.

ALL PREP MEMBERS SHOULD DO THIS!
Food producers, caterers, bakers, chefs, food trucks, carts and trailers.

Many people pay upwards of $1000.00 for search engine marketing,
and you are never sure what you are getting.

Be sure and RSVP quickly as spaces are limited!


Click Here to RSVP

Click Here to RSVP

 

PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind, to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos! Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook

Selling online & Passport to Export conference

Selling Online & Passport to Export. Exclusively for PREP Members!

Location will be: ALIF Arab American Cultural Center – 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta 30340 (right next to PREP) Welcome Alif Members.

On October 18th PREP is having an online selling and Passport to Export conference. This conference will feature  online food broker, Food E Crave.  from 11 am – noon.  Mix and Mingle 12-1 – Passport to Export will be presented from 1-2:30pm.  You must RSVP and be a Member of PREP to attend. (RSVP Link at bottom of page)

There will be plenty of time for Q&A, and a break at noon with snacks and beverages.

FoodECrave

At FoodECrave, our goal is to connect foodies to the same quality meats and foods that restaurants, marketplaces and local food retailers have access to. It’s also to allow local small businesses that create delicious foods a place to sell those products.

We strive to provide the best quality of products and the best online shopping experience. Although we are just getting started, our goal is scale into the largest online marketplace in the country.

Perishable Shipping Solutions

Perishable Shipping Solutions (PSS) is a leader in perishable shipping and fulfillment services.  We believe that shipping perishable products can be both cost effective and environmentally responsible. We focus on growing new, small, and emerging businesses.

PSS was founded in 2015 to help small businesses capitalize on the recent explosion of on-line food shopping. Not only are people more comfortable with on-line shopping for nearly everything, foodies are increasingly seeking out unique products and artisan fare.

Passport to Export

Passport to Export is part of a regional Global Cities Initiative strategy to help grow companies through exports.  It is an informal, candid, roundtable discussion between companies that have export experience and companies that are interested in learning more about exports.  

1:00p – 1:30p Networking and snacks
1:30p – 1:35p Welcome by PREP Atlanta
1:35p – 1:45p Atlanta Metro Export Plan and why we support exports – John Kopanski, Executive Director, Georgia Middle Market Banking, Chase; UPS executive; Jen Yun, Manager, Global Business Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber manager
1:45p – 2:05p Introduction of participants
2:05p – 2:25p My Journey to Exports – experienced exporters from metro Atlanta
• Ben Carter, VP of Sales – Talero Tequila
• Keith Schroeder, Founder and CEO – High Road Craft Ice Cream

Participants discussion – facilitated by Rick Martin, Director of International Trade Center, Small Business Development Center and Priya Verma, International Trade Manager, Georgia Department of Economic Development

• Perceptions of exporting
• Concerns about exporting
• Suggestions for increasing export activity
• What support is available

Passport to Exports is facilitated by the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), and is supported by Partnership Gwinnett and the Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC).

Barcode Warehouse, one of PREP’s preferred provider for Labels will sponsor an informational booth & snacks!

 

 

YOU MUST RSVP, AND YOU MUST ATTEND IF YOU RSVP.  There is limited seating, so please RSVP ASAP by clicking on this link:

Passport to Export – Food E Crave – RSVP Click Here

 

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PREP Cook-Create-Connect is a fully licensed unique shared kitchen concept. Established with one goal in mind
to help build and support small food businesses in Metro Atlanta.
PREP provides state-of-the-art commercial shared kitchen space, test kitchens resources, food procurement and guidance to a talented and creative class of entrepreneurs.
These are specialty food producers, baker, caterers and mobile food service operators, along with the next generation of food artisans. PREP is a privately held company based in Atlanta, GA.
For more information about PREP please call (404) 920-4150
or visit www.PREPatl.com    PREP on Facebook – PREP on Twitter – Truck & Tap Woodstock – Truck & Tap Alpharetta – Atlanta Food Truck Catering

Did you know that the more than 50 pieces of artwork that line the walls of PREP are by our very own JR Santos!
Take a look at his website Jr’s Abstract Art for sale in Atlanta – Jr’s Abstract Art on Facebook