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CONTACT: Annette Dunlap, food business specialist
NCDA&CS Marketing Division

Aug. 27 workshop offers advice for food businesses

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is sponsoring a free workshop, “The Business of Being in Business,” from 8:30 to noon on Aug. 27 at the McKimmon Center. The workshop will address trademarks, sales tax and business structure.

“Learning the ins and outs of running a business can be a daunting task,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “If you plan on being successful in selling your product, then learning the difference between a corporation and a sole proprietorship, how to collect and pay sales tax, and registering a trademark are essential.”

Workshop topics will include:

  • What is a trademark and how having one can help you;
  •  How to apply for a trademark;
  •  How to search the trademark database;
  • How to register for a sales and use tax number;
  • How to collect and pay your sales taxes;
  • Understanding the difference between a corporation and a sole proprietorship.

Registration is open to existing food businesses and limited to 30 people. Registration deadline is Aug. 22. For more information or to register, contact Annette Dunlap at 919-707-3117 or



NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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