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Entrepreneurship



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BizTalk

BizTalk is a series of business-related online discussions around specific pre-determined topics. The topics will largely depend on our students' needs and current events in the business world. Contact BizTalk@hadley.edu if you have any general questions.

Past Webinars

Calorie Disclosure for Blind Entrepreneurs

Join Ashley Rulffes, Consumer Safety Officer for the Labeling Regulations Implementation Team (LRIT) at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Randolph-Sheppard on the web presents the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) overview of the new vending machine final rule which takes effect in December of this year. The webinar will cover the background of the final rule and will focus on reviewing its definitions and requirements. Topics include the criteria of a covered vending machine, an explanation of foods that are covered and foods that are not covered the requirements for declaring calories, and other requirements that must be met.

Calorie Disclosure for Blind Entrepreneurs Audio Recording


Next Level Healthier Vending for Today's Work Force

Every day, people walk past vending machines. For a dollar or two they can grab a quick snack or drink without leaving the building or waiting in a line. But increasingly, Americans want more than just convenience in their vending machines. They want healthy, tasty, affordable options. Our guide will take you to the Next level exploring different snack options while helping to develop a healthy vending policy and improve the food environment for people working for, visiting, and being served by local government agencies.

Next Level Healthier Vending for Today's Work Force Audio Recording


Healthier Vending: Using Fit Pick as a Tool to Get There

This webinar will be the first of a series of four that focuses on healthier vending issues. The series is called, "A Year to Get Healthier" and is designed to give blind entrepreneurs the tools they need to meet the challenges posed by healthier vending. How does a blind entrepreneur meet the demands of their customers who want healthier options while maximizing profits at the same time? This first webinar will focus on the National Automatic Merchandising Association's Fit Pick Program. What is Fit Pick? How does it work? How can I use in my business? How do I market it? Are there practical suggestions to help me better serve my customers who want healthier options? These are just some of the questions this webinar will explore.

Healthier Vending: Using Fit Pick as a Tool to Get There Audio Recording


Active Participation: What It Is and What It Is not

This webinar will focus on the requirement under the Randolph-Sheppard Act that the Elected Committee of Blind Vendors actively participate in all major administrative decisions affecting the state's business enterprise program. The concept of active participation is often misunderstood and can be a source of great friction between blind vendors and state licensing agencies. This webinar will examine what active participation is and how to make it work in your state. It will also look at what active participation is not. The presenter is Terry C. Smith, National Federation of the Blind Entrepreneur's Initiative.

Active Participation: What It Is and What It Is not Audio Recording


The Customer Service Advantage: Attracting and Keeping Customers in the Randolph-Sheppard Vending and Concession Service Environment

Kevan Worley, author of The Customer Service Advantage will discuss ways that profit grows through a real commitment to service. He will lead a panel with two motivational speakers: Jim Glick and Fiona Carmichael.

The Customer Service Advantage: Attracting and Keeping Customers in the Randolph-Sheppard Vending and Concession Service Environment Audio Recording


Why Micro Markets? Why now?

This webinar explains the cost-benefit analysis of vending versus micro markets, their regulatory implications, most profitable locations for BEP and their accessibility to blind operators and consumers at large.

Why Micro Markets? Why now? Audio Recording


Social Security for Blind Vendors

This webinar will focus on the special Social Security rules that apply to Randolph-Sheppard entrepreneurs who draw disability benefits. The goal is to provide guidance that will enable blind entrepreneurs to receive the disability benefits to which they are legally entitled.

Social Security for Blind Vendors Audio Recording