Chatham-Kent entrepreneurs looking to start a food-based business can now take part in a seminar series aimed at making their entrance into the industry as smooth as possible. Foodpreneur Advantage, a regional collaboration of Small Business Enterprise Centres, is offering a wealth of food industry knowledge through free online seminars being offered through Chatham-Kent Economic Development's Small Business Centre.
The program gives participants access to industry experts with detailed guides to starting a food business, marketing and branding their products, along with more in-depth aspects of the industry such as costing and pricing, packaging and labelling requirements, and navigating the world of regulatory compliance.
How to Participate
You can take part in the free seminars by visiting the Foodpreneur Advantage website and signing up.
If you need assistance or have questions, you can contact the Small Business Centre team at 1-866-542-5994 or email CKsbc@chatham-kent.ca.
February 10 - Navigating the Regulatory Compliance
February 17 - Marketing and Branding your Food Product
March 3 - Labelling & Packaging your Food Product
April 21 - Starting a Food Business
April 28 - How to sell your Food Product - Your Roadmap to Success
May 5 - Costing and Pricing to Make Profits
For food production and distribution businesses already in the market, the Foodpreneur Scale-Up Program is available. This is a 10-week training, mentoring and coaching program designed for businesses that have already shown high growth potential. Successful applicants to this program may also be eligible to receive up to $5,000 as part of the training and grant program as well as additional mentorship.
- Food Packaging and Labelling
- Price and Costing
- Traceability and recall plans
- Working with wholesale distributors
- Visual merchandising and in-store marketing
- HR guidance on hiring, employee relations, training, and terminating
- Health and Safety regulations for growing businesses
To sign up for the Scale-Up Program, visit
the Scale-Up Program website.