Ag Action 2017 of Southwest Michigan features Food Business Development

Michigan State University Extension, MSU Product Center and Kalamazoo Valley Community College will host Starting a Licensed Food Business Ag Action in early 2017.

Michigan State University Extension and Kalamazoo Valley Community College will offer a food business development session, “Starting a Licensed Food Business”, to the day-long Ag Action 2017 program hosted on January 13, 2017. The event will be held at Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s main campus located at 6767 W. O Avenue Kalamazoo, MI 49009.

“Staring a Licensed Food Business” will go beyond the limits of cottage foods with exploration of food processing basics, regulatory requirements, business development resources and related topics. This session targets those who are interested in taking a cottage food-type product to the commercial market, or start any type of food business. This overview class has helped hundreds of Michigan residents assess a possible food venture.

Ag Action 2017 trade show and educational sessions are offered 8 am to 4 pm. The cost of the program is $25 per person before Jan. 6 and $30 after Jan. 6 or at the door. The full program may be downloaded from the registration site. Lunch is included. There will be a $25 cancellation fee applied to any cancellations made after Jan. 9, 2017. Participants may also register at the door on the day of the event.

MSU Product Center Counselors will also be on hand at their booth in the trade show to talk with participants about their food or agriculture business concept.

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. 


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