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BOOST Your Culinary Business

Learn how to launch & grow your culinary business, & master the art of expanding your operations for greater profit.

Why You Should Attend?

Through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and keynote presentations  and personalized guidance from renowned experts, participants will acquire the skills and expertise to BOOST their culinary business.

    • Learn from top restaurateurs, chefs, and industry experts on how to launch and grow your culinary business.
    • Networking opportunities with other culinary business owners
    • Prepare your business for success in 2025
    • Enhance your technical skills of small business apps and technology
    • Create sustainable growth plans for your business

    What To Expect:

    • Dynamic key note speakers to offer insight and inspiration
    • Panels to discuss growth for culinary businesses
    • Master Classes to develop sustainability in culinary business operations
    • Interactive Breakout Sessions
    • Happy Hour Networking Events
    • Complimentary Breakfast and Lunch provided for attendees

    Session Topics:

    • How to Access Capital for Your Culinary Business
    • Signing the Right Commercial Lease
    • Introduction to Bookkeeping for Culinary Businesses
    • RFP 101: How to Create Winning Contract Proposals
    • Marketing Breakout Sessions: Creating Content, Branding, Social Media Advertising, and Media Training.

    conference tracks

    4-DAY CONFERENCE with interactive workshops, panel discussions, keynote presentations, & personalized guidance from renowned experts to help attendees boost their culinary business.

    Business Development Track

    The BOOST Camp is the Business Development Track, a two (2) day experience where industry experts will provide business development training for established culinary businesses.

    2 Days: Monday - Tuesday

    • Audience: Small Culinary Business Owners and Culinary Professionals
    • Keynote Speaker:  Empowering and motivating Small Culinary Business Owners 
    • Business Growth Panels: Training about new business opportunities in the food and beverage industry. 
    • Master Classes: Teaching sustainable business practices in finance, operations, human resources, and marketing.
    • Business Coaching: Providing mini coaching sessions in the areas of finance, marketing, human resources, operations, menu development

    2 Days: Tuesday - Wednesday

    Launchpad is a two (2) day training experience to teach aspiring Culinary Business Owners how to properly launch a restaurant or culinary business.

    Get ready to LAUNCH and BOOST your Culinary Business.

    Purchase your Global Culinary Conference Ticket by Feed the Soul Foundation for Business Development sessions, Happy Hour sessions, with Complimentary Breakfast & Lunch.

    Ticket prices are subject to increase closer to the event.

    CONFERENCE DATES

    • January 27, 2025
      8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    • January 28, 2025
      8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    • January 29, 2025
      8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

    GENERAL ADMISSION

    • Premium Two (2) Day Pass | $350
    • Two (2) Day Pass | $250.00
    • Single Day Pass | $150.00

    LOCATION

    TEXAS TOWER
    845 Texas Ave,
    Houston, TX 77002

    2024 Conference Schedule

    JANUARY 26 CULINARY EXPERIENCES
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Heart and Soul Cocktail Hour  
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Heart and Soul Dinner  5 Course Dinner and Cocktail Pairings
    JANUARY 27 BOOST CAMP DAY ONE
    SESSION TOPIC
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast  Complimentary Breakfast Provided
    9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome by Feed the Soul Foundation
    9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker: Business Expansion
    Inspirational message from notable keynote speaker regarding Business Growth opportunities. 

    10:15 AM – 11:15 PM

    Master Class: Signing the Right Commercial Lease
    Training to lease agreements and how to properly prepare to buy real estate.

    11:30 PM -12:45 PM

    Growth Panel: How to Access Capital for Your Culinary Business
    Learn how to access capital, create exit strategies, and build personal wealth for your culinary business.

    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch  Complimentary Lunch Provided
    2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

    Master Class: Creating Financial Statements for Culinary Businesses
    Introduction to financial statements and training to properly use Quickbooks to create them.

    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

    Marketing Breakout Sessions
    Mini Marketing sessions hosted by African American Marketing Association including Creating Content, Branding, Social Media Advertising, and Media Training.

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Happy Hour
    Networking and complimentary drinks
    provided at local restaurant 

    JANUARY 28 BOOST CAMP DAY TWO | LAUNCH PAD DAY ONE
    SESSION TOPIC
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast  Complimentary Breakfast Provided
    9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome by Feed the Soul Foundation
    9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker: Business Expansion
    Inspirational message from notable keynote speaker regarding Business Growth opportunities. 

    10:15 AM – 11:15 PM

    Master Class: Signing the Right Commercial Lease
    Training to lease agreements and how to properly prepare to buy real estate.

    11:30 PM -12:45 PM

    Growth Panel: How to Access Capital for Your Culinary Business
    Learn how to access capital, create exit strategies, and build personal wealth for your culinary business.

    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch  Complimentary Lunch Provided
    2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

    Master Class: Creating Financial Statements for Culinary Businesses
    Introduction to financial statements and training to properly use Quickbooks to create them.

    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

    Marketing Breakout Sessions
    Mini Marketing sessions hosted by African American Marketing Association including Creating Content, Branding, Social Media Advertising, and Media Training.

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Happy Hour
    Networking and complimentary drinks
    provided at local restaurant 

    JANUARY 29 LAUNCH PAD DAY TWO
    SESSION TOPIC
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast  Complimentary Breakfast Provided
    9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome by Feed the Soul Foundation
    9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker: Business Expansion
    Inspirational message from notable keynote speaker regarding Business Growth opportunities. 

    10:15 AM – 11:15 PM

    Master Class: Signing the Right Commercial Lease
    Training to lease agreements and how to properly prepare to buy real estate.

    11:30 PM -12:45 PM

    Growth Panel: How to Access Capital for Your Culinary Business
    Learn how to access capital, create exit strategies, and build personal wealth for your culinary business.

    1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch  Complimentary Lunch Provided
    2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

    Master Class: Creating Financial Statements for Culinary Businesses
    Introduction to financial statements and training to properly use Quickbooks to create them.

    4:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

    Marketing Breakout Sessions
    Mini Marketing sessions hosted by African American Marketing Association including Creating Content, Branding, Social Media Advertising, and Media Training.

    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Happy Hour
    Networking and complimentary drinks
    provided at local restaurant 

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