New Certificate in Portland: Business of Artisan Food

As a part of Portland State University's School of Business Administration, the Center for Executive and Professional Education (CEPE) was created to cater to the demands of Portland's business community by providing professional and executive level education. Today, CEPE is thrilled to announce the latest iteration of their renowned certificates, with the launch of the Business of Artisan Food certificate.

Portland is internationally recognized for its innovative food culture and support of the local culinary arts. The Business of Artisan Foods (BAF) certificate was created for food artisans of all backgrounds that have fearlessly lead Portland's thriving local food business.

Pioneering the program, is their instructor Jennifer Lewis, founder of her own business Petit Four Legs and author of four business books on food: Starting a Part-time Food Business, Food on Wheels, Handmade, and Getting Your Artisan Food Product Onto Store Shelves. With her culinary degree and years of experience as a pastry chef, Lewis now manages the website,, where she empowers and inspires food entrepreneurs by providing up-to-date industry news as well as the regulatory, business, and strategic information they need to successfully compete in today's marketplace.

Launching its first course on February 15, 2015, the BAF is a 15-week fully online certificate program in which you will expand your knowledge and understanding of all aspects around starting, running and growing a thriving food business. The program is catered to someone looking to produce and sell a food product to a larger audience. Whether you're looking to sell a fresh and perishable product or a packaged good, you will benefit from this program!

From health code requirements, business licensing and finance, to sales, distribution and marketing strategies, the BAF certificate will equip you to enter into the competitive food industry with confidence and clear direction. In addition to gaining valuable insights to start or grow your artisan food business, participants will receive one-on-one support and personalized feedback to improve and strengthen their business plans.

CEPE enables students to advance in the competitive business world by providing higher education training from professional industry experts. Rather than traditional credit, CEPE graduates are awarded certificates of completion, applicable business skills and networking opportunities within Portland's business community. Certificate programs are highly specialized and short-term, with both on campus and online offerings. CEPE students learn business strategy and tactical skills that can be directly applied to their careers or new business endeavors.

Learn more about the Business of Artisan Food Program and reserve your spot now!

We invite you to see what CEPE has to offer you and your business at or call 503.719.7655.

The Center for Executive and Professional Education is located at: 1500 SW 1st Ave., Suite 100B, Portland, OR 97201

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