The day before things kicked off at the Good Food Mercantile at Union Market in Washington D.C., the festivities began with Good Food USA’s Small Business Breakfast Panel: Tips & tricks on starting, scaling, and surviving your venture. Introduced by Sarah Weiner, Executive Director of the Good Food Foundation, the panel was moderated by Ezekiel Emanuel. Emanuel is an oncologist, bioethicist, and health policy expert at the University of Pennsylvania—though you may recognize his name from his work on the Affordable Care Act and former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative—and he is now working with Shawn Askinosie to create a premium chocolate bar with beans from Madagascar.
The panelists are superstars of the good food movement, including Elias Cairo of Olympia Provisions, Danielle Vogel of Glen’s Garden Market, Ann Yang of Misfit Juicery, Shanika McCloud of Greenplicity, and Sarah Gordon of Gordy’s Pickle Jar. They share their stories, their struggles, and the best business advice they’ve ever received.
Many thanks to Union Market for providing this recording!