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Recipes for Success

A Downtown Market Food Business Seminar

Building off the success of the spring 2014 series hosted by Michigan State University Extension Services and The Downtown Market Grand Rapids Incubator Kitchen, Recipes for Success (RFS) will offer free educational services to budding and accelerating food entrepreneurs.

This three-part seminar will provide expertise in high demand areas such as Breaking into the Retail Market, Packaging & Labeling, Licensing, Working with a Food Lab and Marketing on a Budget. Stay tuned for details on speakers, topic dates and additional resources.

Mark your calendars now to attend these upcoming FREE seminars at the Downtown Market:

Food Start Up Essentials:
Working with a Food Lab, Packaging & Labeling, Licensing

Tuesday, March 7, 7:30-9:00am in the Banquet Room (second floor)

Dianne Novak - Specialized Services with MSU Product Center
Kevin Halfmann - Regional Supervisor from Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD)
Andrea Anson - Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager with SpartanNash
Moderator: Kay Cummings - MSU Product Center Innovation Counselor

Breaking into the Retail Market: Plus! Meet the Retailer
Tuesday, March 14, 7:30-9:00am in the Banquet Room (second floor)

Karen Bakewell - Director of Grocery, Frozen and Dairy Merchandising with SpartanNash
Monica Mitidieri – Founder, Monica’s Gourmet Cookies
Matt Birbeck – Senior Project Director with MSU Product Center
Moderator: Carlos Sanchez - Latino Business Development Director Ferris State University

Getting the Word Out: Marketing & Social Media on a Budget
Tuesday, March 21, 7:30-9:00am in the Banquet Room (second floor)

Steve Smith - Director of Brand Strategy and Marketing with SpartanNash
Jason Dodge - Founder of Black Truck Media
Liz Della Croce - Founder and Food Blogger, The Lemon Bowl
Charlotte Milligan - Digital Marketing Specialist from Gordon Food Service
Moderator: Darel Ross II - Co-Director with Start Garden