Get the Ingredients for Success in Starting a Licensed Food Biz

If you’ve long held the dream of becoming a baker for distribution to local farmers markets, farm to table restaurants and other channels, dabbled with a home-baked cookie under the Cottage Food Law, or given great thought to bottling your grandma’s spaghetti sauce, food products are a serious business. Fortunately, there are resources locally to help you deal with all sorts of issues related to getting started, from basic food processing to regulatory requirements, business development resources, and many other related topics.

A seminar, “Starting a Licensed Food Business,” will be offered from 6:00-until-8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 at the Shelflife Community Bookstore located at 223 North 4th Street in Niles.

Michigan State University Extension Educator and Product Center Innovation Counselor Joanne Davidhizar will teach the session, and Niles Main Street is co-sponsoring the program.

There is a $25.00 fee to attend this workshop that will help you create a successful small food business. You must reserve your seat by October 11th, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Make checks payable to Niles Main Street, and you may bring that check with you or mail it to 333 N 2nd Street, Suite 303, Niles, MI 49120. If you’d like to pay via PayPal, go to and click the yellow donate button in the upper right corner and scroll down to “Contribute another amount here” and put MSU Seminar Registration in the note section.

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For more information, you can contact Lisa Croteau at 269-687-4332 or by email at

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling 269-927-5674 ten days prior to the first class to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements. Requests after that date will be met when possible. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.

Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.