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

Group Tour &
Information Sessions

Saturday November 11th, 2017 12:00-1:00pm
Tuesday December 5th, 2017 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.)

Pricing Your Food Product  

Thursday October 26th, 2017 6:30-8:30pm            


There are many things to consider when pricing your food product. How do you ensure your product can compete in the market, cover your costs and make a profit? Get valuable tips from small food business experts and have a chance to ask specific questions about your business. Crunch some numbers and gain the confidence that your product has the best selling potential for your business.

Location: Boatyard Brewing (432 E Paterson St)

Food Product Packaging

Tuesday November 14th, 2017 6:30-8:30pm


Early stage food businesses often struggle finding the best, affordable packaging to fit their immediate needs and also strengthen their brand. If this sounds familiar, come to this workshop where we’ll sift through the complex aspects of packaging your food product with experienced Can-Do Kitchen graduates and Matt Dingee, Co-founder and President-COO of OnPoint2020, a consultancy offering packaging insights and services to growth minded brands of all sizes.

Location: Food Dance (401 E Michigan Ave)

Registration coming soon...


Lunch & Learn:
Small Business Accounting

Friday December 8th, 2017 12:00-1:00pm


Accounting for your small business can be overwhelming. What kind of records should you be keeping? How do you file taxes? Can you do any of it yourself or should you hire it out? Certified Public Accountant Jean Vollink, QuickBooks expert Jennifer Tobias, & accounting guru Megan Taylor of Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants will discuss best practices for financial management over your small business.    

Location: Consumers Credit Union (125 S. Kalamazoo Mall)

Registration coming soon...


Can-Do Camp

In Session


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.

Bizarre Bazaar

Saturday, November 25th, 11:00am - 6:00pm


The Holiday Bizarre Bazaar is a really fun and cozy sale of handmade goods. Please put it on your calendar for the Saturday after Thanksgiving! 

Artists who have been approved by the Bizarre Bazaar organizers can reserve your booth by donating here.