How to Start a Successful Cottage Food Business

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6/3/15 3:00 pm EST
Kent County MSU Extension
775 Ball Ave., NE
Grand Rapids, MI
United States
Contact: Kay Cummings
Michigan’s Cottage Food Law allows those with an entrepreneurial spirit the opportunity to sell certain foods, made in their home kitchens, to the public. These foods are to be sold face to face at places such as farmers markets. If you are one of those individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and are considering selling some of your homemade food products you will be interested in a cottage foods workshop. The workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. At this workshop you will find out what foods can be legally produced as well as how to label and sell them. You will learn food safety practices to make sure that you are producing a wholesome product that people will want to buy. You will also pick up techniques to develop and then maintain a successful small business. Michigan State University Extension food safety educator, Jeannie Nichols, will be teaching with Kay Cummings, an Innovation Counselor from the MSU Product Center. The Product Center, is a gateway to generating success for Michigan entrepreneurs. At the end of the workshop you will receive a certificate to display, when you are selling your cottage foods. This certificate states that you have taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods. Although not required under the Cottage Food Law, the certificate is designed to assure buyers that their purchase has been safely prepared. There is a small fee to attend this workshop that will help you have a successful small food business. You can register for How to Start a Successful Cottage Food Business in Michigan at Contact Jeannie Nichols at or 517-439-9301 or Kay Cummings at or 231-750-2772 if you have questions.