Food Business & Regulation
Starting or growing food business in Michigan is an increasingly popular entrepreneurial activity. Going from concept to reality is possible by matching your vision with the educational resources and technical assistance available through Michigan State University Extension. Whether you are a specialty food business or agri-business industry leader, MSUE offers business counseling, technical assistance and specialized services customized to your business. Resources include assistance with business planning and information regarding both Michigan and federal food business regulations, including those who produce food under Michigan’s Cottage Food Law. Specialized services available through clients of the MSU Product Center—Food, Ag, Bio include recipe commercialization, packaging and labeling assistance and other services for product development and product launch.
October 14, 2014 | Steve Lovejoy | Life is full of costs and benefits, the best actions are those that maximize benefits and minimize costs. Playing it safe is not always the best policy!
October 3, 2014 | Phil Tocco | Effective comments are critical to shaping a final rule that ensures public safety and is fair to all involved. Here are pointers on how to comment effectively and be the best advocate for changes in the proposed rule.
October 3, 2014 | Phil Tocco | Fresh market produce growers can see and comment on proposed produce safety rule revisions. This article reviews one aspect of the revisions, the process by which an exempt farm can have its exemption revoked, and provides information on how to comment.
October 2, 2014 | Frank Gublo | In order to produce safe food products, you must take care when choosing kitchen tools and appliances.
September 26, 2014 | Diane Smith | Mayra Martinez and her family built a successful restaurant and full service catering business. Upcoming plans include branching into food processing. The lessons Mayra learned in the process and her words of advice for other packaged food entrepreneurs.
September 24, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Most entrepreneurs want to grow and become a large regional chain, but first you must learn the ropes and polish your skills.
September 24, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Good employees will make the entrepreneur’s job less stressful and more productive.
September 18, 2014 | Paul James Werner | It is hard to compete on price when you are starting a new business. Instead, compete on customer service, quality and your unique selling proposition.
September 18, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Start a food enterprise in Michigan with assistance from the Michigan State University Product Center.
September 17, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Competition comes in all forms, from many different industries and from substitute products.
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Date: Oct 20, 2014 - Oct 24, 2014
Location: Michigan State University, Crop and Soil Science Teaching and Research (Agronomy Farm), 4450 Beaumont Rd. East Lansing, MI 48825
Date: Oct 27, 2014 - Oct 28, 2014
Location: Lansing Center, Lansing, Michigan
Date: Nov 3, 2014 - Nov 10, 2014
Location: Lapeer County MSU Extension Office, 1800 Imlay City Rd., Lapeer, MI
- Affordable Care Act Roadmap
- Agricultural Literacy
- Aquaculture Development
- Cottage Food Law
- Good Agricultural Practices
- Making It in Michigan
- Michigan MarketMaker
- MSU Product Center
- MSU Product Center – Food, Ag, Bio
- Seafood HACCP & Value-Added Fisheries
- Specialized Meat Processing Variance Training
- Tilling the Soil of Opportunity