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April 2011
Are you gearing up for the festival season? Below, Barb Fitzgerald lists some reasons why the food concession business can be a good route for the retired or unemployed. Enjoy!

As always, if you have any particular topics you'd like to see covered here, or if you'd like to contribute an article to the FNO newsletters - drop me a line!

Happy cooking!
FNO Newsletter Editor

How Starting a Mobile Food Concession or Food Stand Business Can Be a Solution to Unemployment for Aging Baby Boomers
by Barb Fitzgerald

As retirement looms many aging baby boomers worry about their future. Inadequate retirement savings, inadequate health insurance, and an active lifestyle are the most common reasons more than 49% of retirement age people either want, or need to keep working. At the same time many older workers are now being forced into early retirement when they are unable to replace their job lost to downsizing, out-sourcing, or the current recession. Unfortunately, as we age, remaining employed can become more difficult. Many employers believe older employees are less valuable due to age bias, higher medical costs, and an inability to stay current with rapidly evolving trends and technologies.

Luckily, many older workers and retirees have found a solution. They’ve joined the growing number of “nouveau-entrepreneurs” who are becoming professional food concessionaires- selling food from food stands or food booths at fairs, festivals, and special events. Read more

FNO Tips & Tricks
by Julie

rssYou've heard about the FNO Community and how you can upload photos and videos of your work or your process (if you're a Pro Member). This allows you to have a FNO EPK to send off to festival promoters via the new "send my EPK" link. Now I want to take a minute to tell you about the blog feature - just another aspect of your FNO profile. All blog entries within the FNO Community are automatically and instantly inserted into our RSS Feed.

"RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication'. Many people describe it as a 'news feed' that you subscribe to." - More about RSS from ProBlogger.

This means people will see your content all across the world wide web when they've subscribed to the FNO RSS feed. So blogging on the FNO site can gain your business lots of new exposure. Blog about shows, events, contests, the weather, your inspiration, touring... add a cool image, and get into the FNO RSS feed. Get more clicks to your FNO EPK and get your info seen.

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