People who start food businesses typically do so because they're passionate about food. They're excited to share their recipes, love feeding others, and even want to shape how America eats.
But food startups can stumble without the right legal protections in place. The regulations affecting food and beverage businesses are complex, and the legal landscape is confusing. Multiple agencies regulate the industry, making answers difficult to find.
Startup Food Biz provides entrepreneurs like you tools and resources to help you navigate food-related laws and regulations.
Our online courses teach you what you need to know to get your food business up and running and help you avoid potential pitfalls. Our courses are designed to be informative, convenient, and, most importantly, affordable.
We are a private company—indeed, a startup ourselves—supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA knows that food entrepreneurs often have difficulty gaining access to this important material, so they are assisting us with getting the word out.
Patrick Morin, the founder and president of Startup Food Biz, is also a food lawyer and social activist. In addition to focusing on his food and beverage business clients, he works with food-focused community organizations such as Food Lab and Eastern Market in Detroit and Roux Carre and Fund 17 in New Orleans, helping members pro bono.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Patrick served as an officer in the U.S. Marines Corps and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently lives in New Orleans with his wife and three children.
"When I embarked on this venture, I had no experience with the alcohol industry. Pat has helped me navigate through a very confusing and convoluted industry. He is great at looking at problems and offering practical solutions that make sense to a business owner."
"As a new business owner, we didn't always know the questions to ask. Patrick was able to call out items that we should have been concerned about. He crossed all the T's and dotted all the I's"
"Pat has a way of explaining law in a way for any novice to understand. He provides professionalism and impeccable knowledge in the industry. If I didn't have Patrick, I would be lost and probably still trying to figure out how to finalize my business."