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

Small Business Financials

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 5:30-7:30pm

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Whether you sell a product or offer a service, one thing is very clear. You want your numbers to be in the black! Although this is such an important part of running a successful business, juggling all the different aspects of your finances can be challenging. Especially when you’re doing it all on your own! Join us for this workshop on financial management, cash flow, pricing, bookkeeping, and more.


Location: Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education
(7 Healthcare Plaza, Kalamazoo, MI 49007)

Food Safety & Licensing

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 5:30-7:30pm

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Understanding the importance of practicing food safety and obtaining a license for your food business can come pretty easily. Understanding what kind of certification and license is required for your specific business is not so straightforward to those just getting started. At this workshop, we’re bringing in guest presenters from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, the Kalamazoo Health & Community Services Department, and other supportive services in the area that can help you confirm what you’ll need to get your business off to a strong start.


Location: Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education
(7 Healthcare Plaza, Kalamazoo, MI 49007)

Group Tour &
Information Sessions

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 12:00-1:00pm
Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 5:00-6:00pm


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.)

Can-Do Camp

September 11th - November 27th, 2018
Every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm


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.

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