Cottage to Commercial: Ingredients for a successful food business

Whether you've dabbled with a home-baked cookie or dreamed about bottling grandma’s spaghetti sauce, food products are serious business. The 'Cottage to Commercial' class can help you learn how to turn your food business idea into reality.

An upcoming ‘Cottage to Commercial’ class will help you understand how to turn your food business idea into a commercial reality. In association with Niles Main Street and Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University Extension and Product Center Educators will conduct a food business planning class April 25 in Niles, Mich.

Whether you have dabbled with a home-baked cookie under the Cottage Food Law, or dreamed about bottling grandma’s spaghetti sauce, food products are serious business. This session will deal with basic food processing, regulatory requirements, business development resources and related topics.

The Michigan State University Product Center helps entrepreneurs and businesses to develop and launch new product and service ideas into food, agriculture, bioenergy, and natural resources markets. A network of Innovation Counselors is available to counsel individuals interested in starting related business ventures.

Cottage to Commercial will be offered 3:00-5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 25 at the Niles Entrepreneur & Culinary Incubator located at 219 North 4th Street, Second Floor, Niles, Mich., 49120. Michigan State University Extension Educators; Jean Nichols, Joanne Davidhizar and Mark Thomas will teach the session. Niles Main Street and Lake Michigan College are co-sponsoring the program.

There is a $25.00 fee to attend this workshop that will help you start a successful small food business. Make checks payable to Niles Mainstreet, and mail to 210 East Main Street, Niles, Mich., 49120 by April 20. For more information call 269-968-7433 ext. 2.