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Accounting Workshop for the Food Industry with Julia Shanks

  • UpperWest 1 Cedar Street Cambridge, MA, 02140 United States (map)

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You started your business because you’re passionate about good food, feeding others and eating well.  And to succeed in business, you must have a solid understanding of accounting and finances, and plan for profit.  In this workshop, we will review the basics of accounting from the income statement (profit and loss) to the balance sheet.  We’ll discuss accounting systems (such as QuickBooks), and the importance of classifying revenue and expenses so you can make important managerial decision like which customers are most profitable or how to profitably price your products.  Whether you’re thinking about launching a food business, or just want to get a better handle on your finances, this workshop is for you.

Julia Shanks – chef and entrepreneur — consults with food businesses and farms, helping them maximize profits and streamline operations through business planning, feasibility studies and operational audits. Clients include Life Alive, Cuisine en Locale, The Elephant Walk, The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and City Growers. She lectures on sustainable food systems and restaurant accounting. She sits on the advisory board of Future Chefs and is the regional leader of Slow Money Boston.

In 1997, after 5 years of cooking in restaurants, Julia launched her first business, Interactive Cuisine. Through this innovative service, she provided informal cooking lessons in the comfort of the home kitchen. The business grew to include corporate team-building through cooking, and garnered local and national press – including Bon Appétit Magazine and The Boston Globe. Her second business, CSA Cookbooks, creates custom cookbooks for small farmers seeking a way to build loyalty with their customers by offering this unique value-added product. Her books have been reviewed in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Taste of the Seacoast, and Growing For Market.

Julia authored two books: The Farmers Market Cookbook and The Farmer’s Office, both published by New Society.

Julia received her professional training as a chef at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, her BA from Hampshire College and an MBA Magna Cum Laude from Babson College.

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