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Cooking Up A Business {LGF/Justin’s/Evol Giveaway}

by Allie on December 2, 2013 · 86 comments

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I have a special treat (Cyber Monday giveaway) for you today!

Do you have a passion for delicious food and want to create your own business out of it, but have no idea where to start? Cooking Up a Business, by Rachel Hofstetter, is essential reading for aspiring entrepreneurs and gives you a real-world, up-close-and-personal preview of the exciting journey. This book features the stories and profiles of national food companies–including 3 AWESOME Colorado Companies: Love Grown FoodsJustin’s, and Evol Foods! Win a copy of the book PLUS a box of goodies from Love Grown Foods, Justin’s, and Evol Foods!

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To Enter:
  • Leave a comment on this post saying what kind of business you would start if you had all the resources needed. Or you can just tell me a new business you like. Any type of business! Or you can tell me a great Cyber Monday deal. 
  • Share this post on Twitter. You can use handles: @livelaughtweet @LoveGrownFoods @Justins @EvolFoods. *Be sure to leave a separate comment saying you did, so I can count it.

I will choose a winner at random on Thursday, 12/5/13.

EDITED TO ADD: The winner has been chosen and contacted via email. Comment #50, Laurel C.

Giveaway prizes provided by respective companies and giveaway open to US residents only. I am not being compensated for this post, I just wanted you all to have a chance to win these goodies! I wish I could win it myself because the book seems like a great read and these products are SO delicious.

Any great Cyber Monday deals I need to know about?! Have a wonderful week!

Happy 60th Birthday to Peter (my papa)!!!!!

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{ 86 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Melanie December 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

I would love to run a gourmet sandwich cafe!

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2 Helen December 2, 2013 at 10:49 am

Definitely a bakery

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3 JessW December 2, 2013 at 10:56 am

A gourmet coffee and bakery shop!

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4 JessW December 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

I tweeted! @JesBWill

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5 Caroline December 2, 2013 at 10:59 am

my sister and I have always dreamed of opening up a bakery!

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6 sarah December 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

I’ve always thought of the idea of a gourmet salad cafe!

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7 jill December 2, 2013 at 11:19 am

I have gotten some great stuff at Gap this morning!!

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8 Patty December 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

i’d love to get my own food truck one day!

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9 Carly December 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

I would start a coffee shop/bakery. My boyfriend roasts his own coffee and this is one of his dreams too.

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10 Steph@321delish December 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

I would love a coffee shop/bakery of my own. Or, a little breakfast shop where I can sell crazy pancakes!

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11 Kaylin December 2, 2013 at 11:54 am

I want to start a corporate wellness business some day

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12 Lisa December 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I would love to start a catering business!

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13 dana December 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

i’d love to open a jewish comfort foods restaurant with my mom as chef. everyone raves about her food-matzoh ball soup, brisket, latkes, kugel, etc. she is amazing!

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14 Caitlin December 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Health and fitness business catered to motherhood !

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15 ilene December 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I would love to open up an appetizer and desert restaurant. Where only appetizers and deserts are served, the best two parts of a meal!

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16 Lauren S December 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I love this giveaway prompt! I would start a business that involved fast, efficient workouts for moms!

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17 Tracy December 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I’d love to open a yoga studio…or a home organizing business…

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18 Julie (A Case of the Runs) December 2, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Definitely think about going solo a lot lately… not sure what would be profitable, though. I’d love to be able to make a living by reviewing stuff/places/etc., though~!

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19 latanya December 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I would like to start a gourmet cupcake business

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20 latanya December 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm
21 Emily December 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I would totally start my own flower arrangement business! :)

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22 Lisa December 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Definitely a bakery!

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23 Iris December 2, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I would start a restaurant/lounge!

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24 Anna December 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I would start a chocolate bar company!

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25 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I would love to start a vegan and gluten-free cafe!

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26 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine December 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm
27 Megan December 2, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I would love to open an ice cream shop with fun seasonal flavors

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28 Anu December 2, 2013 at 8:18 pm

A cafe/bakery!

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29 Laura December 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon here, but I would open a cafe/bar. It would be a cafe by day and a bar by night. I would be playing oldies on the record player and have newspapers and books laying around for everyone to read.

I’ve only thought about it once or twice =)

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30 Holly December 2, 2013 at 8:55 pm

a fitness center for kids ! I love fitness and love baby-sitting so the two together would be so much fun!

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31 Hope December 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I know everyone else said this too but an organic & local cafe in my city would be wonderful! We have many franchise places but nothing that is really unique and cozy!

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32 Lacey December 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I would love to start a cookie bakery. Thanks for the giveaway!

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33 Becca December 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm

J Crew Factory had a 50% off site-wide and an additional 10% off today and free shipping!

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34 Laura December 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I would love to start a coffee shop!

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35 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I would run an animal sanctuary for abandoned animals and hurt wildlife!

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36 Alex December 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Definitely a healthy cafe

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37 Mitra December 2, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I would like to start a kids eye glass company

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38 Becky December 3, 2013 at 12:29 am

Kinda crazy, but I would love to open a bed and breakfast. Or, a bookshop cafe

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39 Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia December 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

i will own a bistro/cafe/restaurant specializing in snacks and beverages, sandwiches, salads, soups, everything will be made in the kitchen with good, wholesome ingredients. raw, gluten-free, plant based, whole foods sorts.

my son (who just turned 9) and i have been talking about going into business together for a few years (seriously). he already has a name for our first product + he even made his own commercial for it (and presented it in front of his class at school). how sweet is that?!

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40 Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia December 3, 2013 at 1:09 am

i am Canadian btw..but wanted to comment anyway :)

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41 Allie December 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

Hi Maria,

I love your son’s entrepreneurial spirit! So inspiring. He’s going to be a successful businessman. I hope you all start your business soon. I’ll come over to Canada and visit :) . Thanks for the comment anyway!

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42 Tracey December 3, 2013 at 1:19 am

My own private practice as a dietitian and a gymnastics center!

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43 Caroline December 3, 2013 at 6:00 am

A bed and breakfast!

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44 kayla December 3, 2013 at 7:16 am

i ‘ve always wanted to start my own allergen-friendly cafe that could accommodate and serve all food allergies easily. it would make going out to eat enjoyable for those who dread it now.

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45 Brittany December 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

I would love to open my own veterinary practice, instead of floating around from hospital to hopsital. Ah to dream :)

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46 Yvette December 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

I would love to start and sell my own coffee pods that are all natural with no preservatives or artificial colors , in which they can be taken along so that my lovely customers can enjoy there cup of joe in a healthy, good for you selection of coffee pods

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47 Christine December 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

I’m just starting to learn how to manage a corn-allegy sooooo a corn-free bakery!

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48 Allison December 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

I would love to open a “healthy” bakery or a peanut butter company. Would be so fun!

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49 Irina December 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

I would love to start a health store where I would sell my homemade raw chocolate! A girl can dream…

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50 Laurel C December 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

I’d love to have a running shoe store! I work at Fleet Feet right now, and it would be awesome to have my own!

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51 Laurel C December 3, 2013 at 10:44 am
52 chelcie @ chelcie's food files December 3, 2013 at 11:10 am

if i could i would open my own restaurant!

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53 chelcie @ chelcie's food files December 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

i tweeted it!

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54 Kylie December 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

I would start an athletic clothing company!

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55 Karen Haynes December 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

I would love to own a small fine goods store.

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56 Ashley K December 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I would love to start a wedding/event planning business. It has always been my passion, but I went to law school and decided to take on tons of debt instead….

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57 Kalynn H. December 3, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I would start something fitness/running related! My own small gym or crossfit box would be awesome!

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58 Bonnie December 3, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I would love to open a cup cake shop! I’ve always had a passion for baking and love spreading the joy with yummy cup cakes!

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59 Andrea December 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

i’d love to start a healthy snack shop – dark chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, quinoa granolas…etc!!

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60 Andrea December 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Small bookstore/wine bar!

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61 Rebecca December 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I would like to start a gym with a beer/wine bar instead of the usual smoothie station. Most the of the smoothies at those places are way worse for you than a glass of wine!

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62 Ruby December 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I think it’d be fun to run a bakery!

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63 Marie December 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I’d love to start a no-kill cat shelter. If that doesn’t count as a business, I’d go with a personal chef business.

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64 Marie December 3, 2013 at 4:12 pm
65 Jennifer T December 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I would love to start a personal chef business. I went to culinary school and have worked in many kitchens, but getting to cook for specific people and create my own menus would be so fun!

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66 Em December 3, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I would start some type of cookie business :)

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67 Kat December 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I would start a healthy cupcakery!

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68 Lola December 3, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I would love to start a juice bar!

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69 Florence (@SquigglemeFloey) December 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Either a cookie baking business or a childrens book type thing~!

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70 Tiffany December 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm

A tea shop

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71 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I always wanted to start my own artist management company…it could always still happen someday. Y’never know!

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72 Elise December 3, 2013 at 10:45 pm

A cafe with a seasonal menu!!

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73 Sarah December 3, 2013 at 11:19 pm

I would create a movie theatre specifically targeting children with sensory issues and special needs. My students would really benefit from lower lighting and less stimulating environmental noises.

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74 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen December 4, 2013 at 12:01 am

I would start a personal chef, cooking classes, nutrition education and counseling all in one business! .. One day. I have the vision and credentials.. but no resources unfortunately.

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75 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen December 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

i tweeted :)

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76 Erin C December 4, 2013 at 6:50 am

I would love to run a cupcake shop!

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77 Kalyn December 4, 2013 at 8:58 am

I’d love to start a coffee shop/bakery someday!

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78 Lisa December 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

I think it would be fun to operate a bed and breakfast in a tropical location!

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79 Madeleine December 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm

If I could get the training and certification required, I would actually really like to start a reflexology and/or chiropractic clinic. The holistic side of health has always fascinated me, and I think it’d be a great business venture, though perhaps a bit of a far cry from my degree in writing. :)

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80 Krystle December 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Quest bar was having 25% off on Cyber Monday!

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81 Nicole G December 5, 2013 at 12:11 am

I’d open a bakery!

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82 liz December 5, 2013 at 1:44 am

I would open a CrossFit gym!

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83 Jasmine A. December 5, 2013 at 4:09 am

I’d love to be a cake decorator!

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84 Crystal @ Trifoodiemd December 5, 2013 at 7:15 am

I always thought owning a gourmet foods store would be fun

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85 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life December 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I’d love to open up a barre studio! There aren’t any in my area!!

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86 td December 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Opening up a business advisory firm.

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