Cottage to Commercial: Ingredients for a successful food business

Cottage to Commercial training will help you understand how to turn your food business idea into a commercial reality.

In association with Niles Main Street, Michigan State University Extension and Product Center Educators will conduct a food business planning class on Nov. 19, 2013 in Niles, Michigan.

This session will deal with basic food processing, regulatory requirements, business development resources and related topics.

The class is held in collaboration with the Niles Entrepreneur & Culinary Incubator (NECI), a program of Niles Main Street, designed to help local entrepreneurs start and grow food businesses. In its first two years of operating NECI, Director Lisa Croteau has supported several business launches. More specialty food product developers are involved with business planning jointly with the Michigan State University Product Center.

The MSU 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 training will be offered from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Niles Entrepreneur & Culinary Incubator located at 219 North 4th Street, Second Floor, Niles, MI 49120. MSU Extension Educators, Joanne Davidhizar and Mark Thomas will conduct the session.

There is a $25 fee to attend a workshop that will help you start a successful small food business. For more information call NECI at 269-687-4332.