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OCT 12, 19 and 26 1pm – 6pm 

Optional in person or virtual attendance (register for your choice)

Launching a new food business can be a daunting task. Thousands of new food products hit the grocery store shelves in the U.S. each year, but a very low percentage have a lasting effect in the market.

CIFT is hosting an intensive, highly-informative “Boot Camp” for food business entrepreneurs and small business owners, over the course of 3 afternoons in October.  This event will be a hybrid model so you choose to attend in person at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK) or virtually.  Speakers will be participating in both forms.

This is a unique opportunity for early-stage food entrepreneurs to learn about developing and growing your business.  Presentation from business and technical experts, including food processing, retail, packaging, government, account and expects. 

Boot Camp 1
Boot Camp 3

The topics of discussion include:

Researching Food Trends

Components of a Successful Business Plan

Legalities of starting a Food Business and Patents and Trademarks

Understanding Your Costs/Pricing for Profitability

Gaining Access to Funding - Tax Breaks

Overview of Food Regulations and Labeling Requirements

Product Packaging

Sales Channels:     Wholesale, Retail, Online Sales


Co- Packers


Social Media and Digital Strategy

Food Entrepreneur Testimonial and Q&A

Boot Camp 4

This is your chance to get your questions answered, learn from people who are in-the-know and make your dream a reality!


Cost is $100 or $75 for current NOCK tenants or onboarding clients.