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

Group Tour &
Information Sessions

Saturday August 12th, 2017 12:00-1:00pm
Friday September 1st, 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.)

PFC Night Market

Thursday August 17th, 2017 6:00-10:00pm
Thursday September 21st, 2017 6:00-10:00pm


Kalamazoo's only Night Market, featuring all of the food trucks, artisans, and farmers you love, brought to you by PFC Markets. Can-Do Kitchen crew members will be serving up local beer and wine during this fun event with delicious food, vendors, live music, and your fellow community members. Beer and wine proceeds support Can-Do Kitchen!

We're seeking volunteers to help us set up, greet people, check IDs, pour and serve drinks, and clean up. Please email sheena@candokitchen.org for more info and join the CDK Night Market crew!

Location: Kalamazoo Farmers' Market (1204 Bank Street)

Thank you to our sponsors! 

Lunch & Learn:
Strong Value Propositions

Friday September 29th, 2017  12:00-1:00pm


Value propositions are the crux of every business. Learn to communicate the uniqueness of your business, how to build trust with customers, and how to show that your business provides a solution to customers' needs at this lunch & learn presented by Cayden Sparks, Business Consultant at the Small Business Development Center.

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

Registration coming soon...

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: To Be Determined

Registration coming soon...


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

September 12th - December 5th

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Almost all sessions are on Tuesdays except a few sessions which are on Thursdays. There are also two additional Friday afternoon  sessions. 


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. We are accepting applications until Tuesday, September 5th.