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When: : May 17th 2019 9:00 - 1:00pm. CDT

Where: Bay College West; 2801 US-2, Iron Mountain, MI 49801

Join us on May 17th to learn key skills on how to take your food business to the next level. Learn from the experts on the regulatory, 
business, equipment and retail implications of a commercial food business. 

Food Business 101 - Is a food business right for you? Explore how to turn your concept into a successful business with information on business structures, financial planning and pricing for profit. We'll examine who your target customer is and how to send marketing messages using your product labeling and packaging. 
   - Presenter: Sally Miller - NWTC Kitchen and Business Incubator
   - Time: 9:00 - 9:50am. 

Food Safety – Food safety from the retail side is a very important aspect of your business.  Maintaining a clean and sanitary environment is not only an expectation of your customers but is vital to selling a safe product to the public.  This session will cover basic sanitation to keep in mind as you prepare your retail space.
   - Presenter: Beth Waitrovich - MSU Extension
   - Time: 10:00 - 10:50am.

Going Commercial - There are many regulatory entities within the food sector with overlapping jurisdictions and differing licensing requirements. Hear directly from an MDARD Food Inspector to understand the production requirements for your food product. Specific topics will include labeling laws, production facility options and food establishment licensing. Plenty of time will be available for questions.
   - Presenter: Angela Juhola - Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
   - Time: 11:00 - 11:50am.

Retail Ready - Consumers spend less time than you think considering buying your product. Learn how to compete in the crowded grocery store aisle through product differentiation, product placement and in-store marketing tactics. We'll also discuss how to start and maintain retailer relationships. The logistics of self distribution will be covered and when to consider working with a distribution company.
   - Presenter: Parker Jones - MSU Product Center
   - Tim White, Pat’s Foods, will also be available to answer questions
   - Time: 12:00 - 12:50pm.

Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Note: Registration is appreciated but not required!

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Kristin Smith at (715) 889-0182 or