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Can-Do Kitchen Small Business Workshop: Startup Sampler

Wednesday, June 10, 6:00-8:30pm @ Sarkozy Bakery

You own your own business. You work all day, everyday. You carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You think you need to have all the answers. What if we told you that you're not alone? That you shouldn't try to do it all by yourself? Building your support network is where it's at. Startup Sampler will introduce you to, or remind you of, the important services that create your support network. Your support circle. People to lean on and get advice from. Accountant, graphic designer, loan officer, insurance agent, customer relations consultant. Yes! They will all be at the workshop and you'll have a chance to talk with them all in small groups. Plus you'll be surrounded by your fellow entrepreneurs. There will be an opportunity to purchase food and drinks to enjoy while you're learning and networking. Please register and pay here:

Business Workshop: Startup Sampler

The workshop is generously supported by three "Perfect Paw Paw" sponsors: Cherry Capital Foods, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and Angela Shannon Insurance Agency. Many thannks!

2015 Annual Sponsor-A-Gardener Campaign

students in the garden We're so happy it's spring! Spring brings new growth and our annual Sponsor-a-Gardener campaign. If you feel strongly about local organic food, environmental stewardship, and empowering youth, please download a 2015 sponsorship letter or make a tax-deductible contribution via Paypal today.

Can-Do Kitchen Group Tour and Info Session

Saturday, June 6, 12:00 - 1:00p - Registration required - FREE (Can-Do Kitchen 511 Harrison St.)

The Group Tour is a no-cost opportunity to see our kitchen facility and to learn about our incubation program and other opportunities. Registration is required. Please email kitchen@fairfoodmatters.org if you are interested in attending. (If no one is signed up, the tour will be cancelled.)

Bizarre Bazaar to support Can-Do Kitchen

Sunday, July 19, 11:00a - 6:00p - Bell's Eccentric Cafe- Beer Garden (355 E Kalamazoo Ave.)

Summer is on its way and with it comes the summer Bizarre Bazaar. Art + sun + beer? This really is cause for celebration! Please join us in Bell’s beer garden for a pleasant afternoon of creative, handmade goods, smiling artists, hula hoops and bubbles for the kids, and delicious beer.

Many thanks to Bell’s Brewery, Erin Abueva, Heidi LaGrow, and all of the artists for making this charitable event possible!

Artists, after you get the “ok” from Erin and Heidi, please register below:

Can-Do Kitchen celebrates new graduate, Kaleamazoo Chips

KALAMAZOO, MI - December 11, 2014 - Fair Food Matters' Can-Do Kitchen celebrates the graduation of food business, Kaleamazoo Chips. Kaleamazoo Chips is now producing their popular kale chips in the Organic Gypsy's brick and mortar kitchen in the Edison Neighborhood. This new, larger location will enable Kaleamazoo Chips to increase production by 100%. Read more here.

Programs and Partnerships:
  • Can-Do Kitchen
    A commercial kitchen and business incubation for small food businesses.
  • Douglass Farmers' Market
    Greet friends and neighbors at this market on the north side of town featuring local producers.
  • Growing Matters Garden
    Kids get their hands dirty and learn a lot with our educational gardening project.
  • Common Ground
    A network of individuals and organizations working to support community gardens throughout Kalamazoo County.
  • Good Food Kalamazoo
    A collaboration working to engage and empower our community to provide itself with food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable.
  • Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest
    Celebrate local food, local farming, and sustainable living with great speakers, music and more.