Welcome to the Small/Midsized Business Community!

Posted by IFMA June 26, 2012

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Chain Operators EXchange (COEX)

The IFMA Chain Operators EXchange (COEX) enables chain operators to take advantage of business building insights and create personal connections with leading manufacturers. With dozens of high-profile operators on the planning committee, the program truly is created "by operators, for operators."

Foodservice Industry Taking to Social Media to Exchange Ideas and Advice

Foodservice professionals are leveraging IFMA’s social media channels to have candid conversations about important issues to our community and the industry as a whole. Find out what they’ve been talking about and how you can join the conversation. 

Webinar: What You Should Know....Before Walking In

Do you know your customer? Are you aware of their priorities? Are you looking for ways to be a better partner with your customer? Patti Venetucci from 4C Consulting Group will speak to the SMB Community about "What You Should Know….Before Walking In."

WEBINAR: Driving Sales through Social Media

Gini Dietrich, founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, recently met with the Small/Midsized Business community and discussed how to use social media to drive sales. Watch the webinar to learn five steps that can help you get started.

Mark your calendar: IFMA 2013 Events

IFMA hosts a variety of events throughout the year that enable members to connect with peers and trading partners and focus on important issues facing the industry. From forums that inspire connectivity and collaboration across the channel to market insight conferences that keep you informed about trends and issues, IFMA offers a variety of ways for you stay ahead.

Pay It Forward with a Silver Plate Nomination

If there's one thing I learned from working in the foodservice industry for the past 26 years, it is the importance of building customer relationships. Establishing strong relationships with your customers is only possible if you have a thorough understanding of their business and needs. Staying in tune with the issues your customers are facing will better enable you to be in the position to provide solutions to their problems. 

August 2015 Washington Insights Update

Congress has been adjourned this month for the annual August recess. Most members, and many staff, have been away from Washington. Seemingly little negotiation has occurred on big-ticket items which members must address once they return. Perhaps the most looming item is appropriations, which must be addressed before September 30 to prevent a government shutdown. September is expected to be a busy month on Capitol Hill – in addition to appropriations, Congress must vote on the Iran nuclear agreement, transportation funding, and child nutrition reauthorization.

House Passes Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill

The U.S. is a step closer to enacting a consistent, national approach to certifying and labeling genetically modified (GMO) foods. A bill passed by the U.S. House today would alleviate food manufacturers’ burden of complying with differing state GMO labeling laws. However, the bill also would lead to an FDA-mandated definition of “natural,” among other provisions.

Washington Insights Update

This month, Congress is focused on clearing its agenda prior to the month-long August recess. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate continue to hold appropriations hearings, attempting progress towards passage of legislation to fund the government past September 30. In addition, Congress is attempting to address funding for transportation programs which expires at the end of July, as well as moving legislation to address the drought in the Western United States, particularly California.

Menu Labeling Guidance for Small Entities

The FDA recently released a menu labeling Small Entity Compliance Guide. The guidance provides answers to what may be burning questions from operators considered small entities - which means they are "independently owned and operated and not dominant in its field of operation." 

Increase collaboration with your channel partners

IFMA's Small/MidSized Business (SMB) Committee hosts a monthly 1-hour for the SMB community of IFMA members. In this recorded call learn from Tim Hand how to increase collaboration with your channel partners