Learn & Engage at our group tours, workshops,
lunch & learns and fun community events

Group Tour &
Information Sessions

Tuesday February 13th, 2018 5:30-6:30pm


This is an important opportunity that introduces the inner-workings of the Can-Do Kitchen. Here, we provide an overview of the requirements of becoming a food business owner, including food safety, licensing, and insurance. Attendees receive Can-Do Kitchen applications at this Tour, and are invited to return them to us if they wish to further explore being a member and attending Can-Do camp. The application is a business planning tool that many aspiring entrepreneurs find very helpful.

Please RSVP by emailing your name and date you wish to attend to startup@candokitchen.org or calling 269-492-0261 so we know how many people to expect. (Note: Please let us know if you are in need of interpretation and we'll do our best to arrange it.)

Market Research Workshop

Thursday March 1st, 2018 11:30am-1:00pm

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You've started your small business (or you're in the process) and your product or service is top-notch. You're ready to get it out there. But who are your customers? Where will you find them and how will they find you? Market research is an essential step to starting a small business. You can use it to guide you through important business decisions that are worthy of your time and energy. Join us at this workshop for some hands-on research during the session with help from experienced researchers Nicolette Sosulski, Business Librarian at Portage District Library, and Natalie Fuller, owner of The Cheese Lady in Kalamazoo. Walk away with a better understanding of your target market and strong positioning for your brand.

Location: Eastwood Branch of KPL (1112 Gayle Ave)

Business Model Canvas

Thursday March 8th, 2018 11:30am-1:00pm


The Business Model Canvas is a tool used by businesses of all sizes as a precursor to a business plan. It's a startup template that helps you identify your value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances. Join us as Ken Harshman, founder of Great Scott Ice Cream, guides you through a hands-on, creative activity that will inspire you to dig deeper into your strategic management and reflect on your business model.

Location: Eastwood Branch of KPL (1112 Gayle Ave)

Can-Do Camp

February 22nd - May 10th, 2018
Every Thursday 11:30am-1:00pm


Can-Do Camp is a 12-week group incubation process in which you’ll learn all the necessary requirements and best practices for starting a food business. You’ll have the opportunity to build a support network with your peers and learn from local professionals. You’ll receive essential resource guides, referrals, food safety guidance, connections to local retailers and much more. By the end of Can-Do Camp, you’ll be ready to launch your business with a solid foundation and start producing in our commercial kitchen!  


Please sign up for a Group Tour (see above) to take the first step in applying for Can-Do Camp.

Application Deadline: Friday, Feb. 16th