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The Smallholder Food Business Development Institute Podcast

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Join Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel, food safety expert, business coach, life coach and blow your own mind with possibility. What if there was a totally different way to do a food business? Where profitability was front and center and employees and senior management work together to build the business? At… read more

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Episode 92- You and your business

July 9th, 2020


Let's diving into your relationship with yourself...what are the things you build your life on? Are they what you want to bring forward into your future?​

The foundations of freedom and opportunity are pretty simple...

Episode 91 - Interview with Matt Kuchera of Vet Pivot

July 2nd, 2020


Vets- listen up!

This vet is talking to another awesome vet this week. Matt runs Vet Pivot, works in finance and is the walking definition of amazing. 

We cover lots of awesome stuff for non vets in this one as well, so …

Episode 90- Interview with John Stoj

June 25th, 2020


Talking finance and small business today on the podcast.

We've got a fun interview with John Stoj out of Sandy Springs, GA. He's a whiz at all things finance for small business.

Finance and the world we live in today is …

Episode 89 - Inclusive Excellence Part 2

June 18th, 2020


Last week I talked about the mindset around racial justice.

This week is the how. 

- Learn how to go through a SOP so that it works for you.

- Learn the 3 key pieces of implementing an Inclusive Excellence SOP.

Need …

Episode 88 - Inclusive Excellence in Food Production Part 1

June 11th, 2020


The goals of Inclusive Excellence are

- to center to conversations of our colleagues of color and other cultures in ways that they wish to be centered

Episode 87 - Interview with Paula Horne

June 4th, 2020


Join us for this fascinating interview with Paula Horne, entrepreneur extraordinaire.

Learn how she's transitioned out of the military and into a …

Episode 86 - Monitoring and verification

May 28th, 2020


I get think monitoring and verification is wicked boring/tedious/hell of a lot of work

Here's the deal, you can change your whole outlook …

Episode 85 - Interview with Jeff Hahn

May 21st, 2020


Jeff Hahn is the owner and principal of Hahn Public. Jeff focuses on brand crafting, message development and crisis communications and I ask desperately is that needed right now?

Grab a pen and be prepared to …

Episode 84 - Providing value changes people's lives

May 15th, 2020


As local food has its moment, we are finding out a LOT about value and pricing.

What do we mean when we say value? How are making sure you are delivering value to your customers? How does that affect your profit?

Grab …

Episode 83 - Interview with Larry Shiller

May 7th, 2020


This week I talk to Larry Shiller, an educator and practitioner of how grit and resilience can be used in our lives and workplaces.

How gritty are you? Find out here

Episode 82- Tracing and Lotting

May 1st, 2020


How does something so prosaic as trace and lotting create wealth and freedom? 

Such a great question, I am glad you asked! Because this episode will not only tell you how freedom lies on the other end of a functioning …

Episode 81 - Interview with Cristina Roman

April 23rd, 2020


Are you ready to get your time management game on?

Join me for an amazing interview with Christina Roman of Pique Coaching

She's an expert at helping you focus and get your work done, quite getting distracted and get …

Minisode- Mobile Slaughter

April 19th, 2020


There are so many questions out there about mobile slaughter, and this episode is all about answers...

Humane handling

Water/sewage- and errata here...I am off by an order of magnitude it is 0.3 gallons of water per …

Episode 80- CCPs and CLs

April 17th, 2020


That is Critical Control Points and Critical Limits

Know 'em, love 'em and execute them with perfection.

Find out how...

Episode 79 - Interview with Sheila Austin

April 9th, 2020


Join us as Dr. P talks to Sheila Austin. Sheila is doing some really interesting things in small ruminants in FL.

Her experience and insight is invaluable if you are thinking about going into processing.

Episode 78 - All boats rise, a pathway to a secure regional supply chain

April 2nd, 2020


I have a radically new approach to regional food supply chains. This is information that our communities need, right now.

How do you approach your supply chain?
How do you manage your supply chain?

What if it isn't all …

Episode 77 - Interview with Barbara Shepherd

March 26th, 2020


Join me as I interview Barbara Shepherd a cannabis entrepreneur.

This fascinating conversation covers a wide range of things you need to be thinking about as you start your cannabis venture.

76- Justifying your decisions in your hazard analysis

March 19th, 2020


In this week's episode we are covering some discussion about corona virus to start and then we are diving into justification for decisions in your hazard analysis.

Really...why are hazards NRLTO or RLTO?

Even know what …

Episode 75 - Interview with Felicia Broccolo

March 12th, 2020


Felicia is an amazing coach who really gets performance. She started her coaching business from a conversation about clean eating and body image. Do you know what conversation your target market is having about their …

Episode 74 - Interview with Kelly Hanlin McCormick

March 5th, 2020


Anxiety. It might actually be a public health crisis. I have anxiety, you might, or someone you know and love might. Join us for a magical conversation with Kelly, a superb life coach who focuses on transforming anxiety …

Episode 73 - How to do a hazard analysis

February 28th, 2020


We've gone through the five pre-steps of HACCP and now we are on to the meat of the matter as it were.

And here is where everyone gets stopped. …

Episode 72- Branding with David Lemley of Retail Voodoo

February 20th, 2020


Branding. Live by it.

If your brand ain't working for you, it ain't working.

Join us as I chat with David Lemley of Retail Voodoo on how to get your brand squared away.

And then of course, it is off to the welders with …

Episode 71- Productive Negative Emotions

February 13th, 2020


Negative emotions can be in us and drive us forward and... nothing is going wrong.

Feelings always create actions.

You get to figure out if they are going to drive actions that move you forward.

Tech Talk- Corona virus and zoonotic disease

February 11th, 2020


I get it, folks are worried. But, listen, this doesn't have to overwhelm you. Simple measures around handwashing and biosecurity are the name of the …

Episode 70- The 5 Pre Steps of HACCP- Step 5 Verify your Process Flow Diagram

February 6th, 2020


A verified Process Flow Diagram. You either have it or you don't. Many is the time I've walked through a plant and said "did anyone actually LOOK at this?" because "umm, no" is usually the answer.

Let's fix that shall …

Episode 69 - Intro to The Proofing Box Pt 4- Leadership and Service

January 30th, 2020


Are you ready to create results? Leaders create results. 

What would your life look like if you stepped into leading yourself?

It sounds simple, and …

Episode 68- Intro to the 5 Pre-Steps of Food Safety Planning Step 4 Process Flow Diagramming

January 23rd, 2020


Seriously, what could be more fun than process flow diagramming?

The ANNOUNCEMENT I am coming out with for my veteran community.

How do we do it …

Episode 67- Book Yourself Solid Part 2

January 16th, 2020


In this episode I go over the STRIVE questions and the thought management process that I use to create trust and credibility. It doesn't matter what …

Episode 66 Book Yourself Solid Part 1

January 10th, 2020


What if everything you knew about marketing and sales was wrong? Join me for this first in a 4 part series on exactly how to sell to grow and scale your business .

Episode 65- Managing your Inventory Part 1

January 2nd, 2020


Join me with Charlie Tidd (my awesome brother) as we talk about managing inventory inputs.

This episode is going to change everything about how you …

Episode 64- The 5 Pre-Steps of Food Safety Planning Step 3

December 27th, 2019


Step 3 of pre planning for success is understanding your customer and understanding how your customer consumes your food. 

The bigger question here is how are you providing value to your customer, and then tying that …

Episode 63- Intro to The Proofing Box Part 2: Leadership

December 19th, 2019


The underlying stability of The Proofing Box is the mindset management around leadership. What is it, how do you understand it and how do you practice your own leadership?

Episode 62 - 5S your Food facility

December 12th, 2019


An encore presentation of our 5s discussion with Charles Tidd.
Join us this week on the podcast where Dr. P and Charlie Tidd talk about the basis of 5S in food manufacturing and how they can help you in your own …

Episode 61 - The 5 pre steps to food safety planning series: Step 2

December 5th, 2019


You've formed your team. Now what.

Now you have to describe what you make. It shouldn't be hard...and yet.

Episode 60- Introduction to The Proofing Box- Leadership and Your Minimum Viable Product

November 28th, 2019


Why is leadership tough?

How have you go about solving your leadership problems and what hasn't worked?

What is your MVP and how can you use this …

Episode 59- Feeling Marginally Less Awful

November 21st, 2019


Let's not shoot for the stars just yet...

Let's just start with the 3 steps to feel marginally less awful

Episode 58- The 5 Presteps of Food Safety Planning Intro and Step 1

November 15th, 2019


You've decided to embark on a food business.

Now you need a food safety team.


Food safety is a team sport!

Listen in for the history of food safety planning, how we got here, and how to start on your documented …

Episode 57- Obvious Results

November 8th, 2019


How do we look at the obvious results? 

- Health

- Wealth

- Relationships

Why do we look at the obvious results? Because telling ourselves truth, …

Episode 56- Feed and feeding of food animals

October 31st, 2019


On today's episode we are going to cover what to feed your food animals. Primarily cattle and hogs.

Let's get some feed biochemistry going my friends!

Episode 55- Questioning Assumptions

October 24th, 2019


One of the best tools in my mind management toolkit is questioning assumptions. What assumptions do I make in around my thoughts? Asking this …

Episode 54- African Swine Fever

October 17th, 2019


I've gotten a ton of questions on ASF. Well, here are some answers.

The short version...if your pigs are blue and dying, call your state vet.

The podcast covers a bit more than that though, so tune in!

Episode 53- Stop Hugging the Cactus

October 10th, 2019


Guess what? Negative thoughts about everything...are totally optional.

What would happen if you decided that your negative thoughts, when they …

Episode 52- On farm/initial production QA programs for animal based proteins.

October 3rd, 2019


Let's talk how you know you are making what you are making.

It's through putting systems in place.

Today we are talking on farm quality assurance systems, I promise they aren't as scary as you think!

Join us to learn …

Episode 51- The Cost of Doing Nothing

September 27th, 2019


When we choose anger over empowerment

When we choose to avoid food safety planning by being angry it costs us a LOT

It costs our health, our wealth, and our relationships.

What is your inaction or your anger costing you?

Episode 50- Chemical Hygiene Plans

September 19th, 2019


This is one of those topics where people just simply tune out. They know that they are supposed to do it, and they just don't.

Why is that?

Cause it is boring

Cause it is hard (not really)

Cause they are afraid of it

Episode 49- Food Safety Behaviors

September 12th, 2019


Food safety is all about action.

Often times, we act first, believe second.

So what are those actions? How do we actually mitigate risk?

What does that mean for leading and serving ourselves, our teams and our customers?

Episode 48- Internal Audits

September 6th, 2019


What could be more fun for a food facility than doing internal audits? Well, I love to do them, and now you can to!

But seriously folks, internal …

Episode 47- Next level thinking

August 29th, 2019


Join me on a trip through a thought download. What does it look like when I confront the thoughts that keep me up at night? 

Thought work is a …

Episode 46- Calibration

August 23rd, 2019


What if how you did calibration was how you did everything?

Listen in and learn what I mean...

Episode 45- Finding Your Purpose

August 16th, 2019


What does finding your purpose look like?

Sit and think

Health, Wealth, Relationships

What are some themes that have run through your life?

What does your future self think?

How did I do it?

Why bother at all?

Episode 44- Testing and Monitoring

August 9th, 2019


Testing doesn't have to be complicated. I promise

Join Dr. P as as she walks you thru both FSIS N60 testing and USDA/FDA environmental monitoring for Listeria. 

If you are still overwhelmed, book a call and we'll get …

Episode 43 - How to keep the doors open

August 2nd, 2019


A follow up to the emergency call y'all heard about last week.

How do you keep the doors open?

1) Observe

2) Train

3) Act

4) Document

Now you know …

Episode 42 - Wealth Creation encore

July 26th, 2019


This is an encore presentation of Wealth Creation....

What would happen if you opened up your business plan and put Food Safety costs in there? The …

Episode 41- Stop Overeating part 2

July 18th, 2019


How much time do you spend thinking about what you are going to eat next? Or regretting what you ate?

How much time would you have if, say, you …

Episode 40- Product Defect Waste

July 11th, 2019


OK you even know what your product IS? Let's define that first.

THEN let's talk about how to measure defects.

What are the best ways to …

Episode 39- Stop Over Eating for Food Execs

July 4th, 2019


I mean seriously, who else but Dr. P is gonna tackle stop over eating in the food industry.

In this episode we talk about the reasons we over eat and how to bring awareness to your eating process. 

And guess what? …

Episode 38- The 8th Waste of Lean

June 27th, 2019


You’ve heard me talk about the importance of lean processing before on the podcast and how following this methodology helps eliminate waste in your …

Episode 37 - What do you want to believe

June 20th, 2019


Join me on the podcast this week where I talk about the unharnessed power of your beliefs. And how when you believe in the power of the future—YOUR future—you harness the power to decide who you want to be and how you …

Episode 36 - FDA Regulations and Foodpreneurs

June 13th, 2019


Join me this week where I’ll cover what it means to be regulated by the FDA and the steps to take to be compliant. Plus, scroll down to download our …

Episode 35 - Shame, vulnerability, and courage

June 6th, 2019


Join me this week on the podcast where we talk about the importance of managing your feelings and how working with a coach can set you up for true success when building your dream business.

Episode 34 - 5S your Facility Part II

May 29th, 2019


This week is more of  Dr. P and Charlie Tidd discussing the basis of 5S in food manufacturing and how they can help you in your own facility.

Episode 33 - 5S your Facility

May 23rd, 2019


Join us this week on the podcast where Dr. P and Charlie Tidd talk about the basis of 5S in food manufacturing and how they can help you in your own facility.

Episode 32 - Courage and Commitment

May 16th, 2019


Join me this week on the podcast where I’ll teach you the one thing that will allow you to summon the courage and commitment to be able to do …

Episode 31 - Facilities

May 9th, 2019


Join me this week on the podcast where we talk about the amazing asset your facilities program is and how it, when invested in, builds wealth for your company.

Episode 30 - Failing ahead of time

May 2nd, 2019


Join me this week on the podcast where we’ll talk about how scheduling weekly epic fails allow you to become familiar—and ok with!—failure so you can …

Episode 29 - Decision making and failure

April 26th, 2019


What if decisions were neutral?

How fast would you make decisions if you knew that your life was going to be amazing no matter what? That you could …

Episode 28 - Impossible Goals

April 18th, 2019



You can live in your future, even when you don’t know the how. Crazy ehh?

Here's what we are going to do today:

1. Decide on your impossible …

Episode 27 - Having the hard conversations

April 11th, 2019


Dr. Pfannenstiel appeared on the Exemplar Global Food Safety Expo to teach STRIVE.

This powerful tool allows anyone to solve any problem at work by …

Episode 26 Trace and Lotting

April 4th, 2019


What if you could  track things from your customer to your supplier?

After this episode you are going to know to to know where everything is!

You are …

Episode 25 - The Value of Coaching

April 2nd, 2019


Approaching your life and your business with openness and intentionality will help you achieve the results that you want.

Episode 24 - Receiving, refrigeration, and storage

March 22nd, 2019


When you do receiving, refrigeration, and storage right, you will be vastly more efficient.

You will have higher profit margins.

You will be more …

Minisode 2: Stop overdrinking for foodpreneurs

March 17th, 2019


Do you overdrink? Do you not want to. Listen in to find out how we tackle overdrinking here at SFBDI

Episode 23- Time management

March 14th, 2019



This week, we are covering time management


When you show up to getting your stuff done, you will make more money. Not only that you’ll make more profit because you will be vastly more   efficient by …

Episode 22- Tech talk: Preventive and Productive Maintenance

March 7th, 2019


Maintenance, I get it, it's a pain. But if you follow the plan and do it, here's your results...

Have   more uptime


More uptime equals more profit

Episode 21- Emotional Adulthood

February 28th, 2019


When you rely on yourself to feel good, you have better ideas to drive your own prosperity

When you stop relying on other people, on circumstances to …

Episode 20- Tech Talk: Observations

February 21st, 2019


What would happen if you found out how things really work in your facility??

Observations help you learn your truth. Truth creates wealth

Standing …

Episode 19- Manuals and boundaries

February 14th, 2019


What are manuals and boundaries?

What if you could release people, including yourself from them

What if you let go of all the manuals; see people …

Episode 18- Tech Talk: Hazards and hazard based plans

February 7th, 2019


Today we are going to clear up what we mean by hazards and hazard based plans. Then, let's get some clarity on what is and is not a HACCP plan


Episode 17- Food safety as wealth creation in your business

January 31st, 2019


What would happen if you opened up your business plan and put Food Safety costs in there? The real costs?

I kid you not, you would build wealth in …

Episode 16- Tech Talk: Corrective Actions and Preventive Actions

January 24th, 2019


How you do corrective actions is the metric of your food   safety culture

At the end of this episode you can download the CAPA Program, so stick …

Minisode 2: Thinking overwork

January 24th, 2019


Are you over thinking your problems in lieu of being uncomfortable in the actions of solving your problem?

Think, feel, act, fail, learn, grow.

Minisode 1: What sets your heart on fire?

January 20th, 2019


As we move into the new year, ask yourself:
- what do you want to be an example of?
- how do you want to show up in the world?

Episode 15- Entrepreneurship mindset

January 17th, 2019


What is the Entrepreneur Mindset magic formula? (hint, it is deceptively simple, but not easy)

A flexible mind is your greatest asset as an …

Episode 14- Lean Manufacturing. We have GOT to talk about this in small food.

January 11th, 2019


Foodpreneurs, today, we are going to introduce lean manufacturing into   local food

Learn how to take the 8 wastes of lean, and observe your …

Episode 13- Buffering

January 4th, 2019


Buffering is when we use external things to change how we feel emotionally. It’s something we do to keep from fully experiencing our lives, to hide …

Episode 11: Time Management

December 31st, 2018


What if we could stand in discomfort and make massive progress? People who are willing to stand in discomfort are able to do anything

Imagine: You …

Episode 4: Tech Talk- Supplier Approvals

December 31st, 2018


Garbage in, garbage out folks. What supplies do you use in your food and how are your customers mitigating the risk of your food? Learn what everyone …

Episode 12 Tech Talk: Verification and Validation

December 28th, 2018


Verification and Validation, they are a headache and half to most folks. You've written your food safety plan, and now you have even more work? …

Episode 10 Tech Talk: How to survive a recall.

December 14th, 2018


What if during a recall you thought "I can handle anything"
Learn how to manage your mind to:
- Reduce the time associated with a recall and save money
- Change your entire outlook on how a recall affects your business
- …

Episode 9- Future Focus

December 7th, 2018


Are you creating a future built on your past? Or do you want to create a future based on who you are going to be in the world when you have the …

Episode 8- Audits for fun and profit!

November 30th, 2018


Let's talk audits. Do you need one? What kind are there? When should you get one?

Episode 7: S.T.R.I.V.E

November 16th, 2018


How do you overcome all the obstacles in your business and your life? Through S.T.RI.V.E. Join us on this amazing journey

Episode 6: Tech Talk: Sanitation!

November 9th, 2018


Cleaning and sanitation. There's no substitute for understanding your process and doing it right. Learn how. And then, go download our pre-op checklist

Episode 5- Get more clients and make more money

November 2nd, 2018


Learn the system I've used to grow my business by 50%, year after year. I am not kidding.

Episode 3 Stop selling food, and start selling results

October 17th, 2018


Stop selling food, start selling results
Let's talk about why people don't buy food and why your sales conversations are super frustrating

Don't you …

Episode 2 Tech Talk: GMPs

October 17th, 2018


Are you creating the conditions to create safe food? Well, that's what GMPs do! Tune in to find out the actions you need to take to make a difference. Listeners that stick out through the end will find out how to get …

Episode 1 Intros and The Model

October 17th, 2018


Guess what? Falling into overwhelm and confusion is EXPENSIVE.
What if you could Understand how the facts of the world around us, our thoughts, …

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