The proprietor of Old Mill Brewpub & Grill will be the next speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.
Scott Zylstra will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made below or by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in Fetzer Center Lot 72F.
Zylstra and Old Mill Brewpub & Grill
Scott Zylstra started working in restaurants at age 13 and dreamed of opening his own someday. As an adult, his love for home brewing added another element to his dream business. In 2012, his dream came true when he opened Old Mill Brewpub & Grill on the main floor of the historic Eesley Flour Mill in Plainwell, Michigan.
After two successful years with the brewpub and grill, Zylstra purchased the entire building in 2014 and opened the banquet hall and catering portion of his business, Old Mill Place and Old Mill Catering. Today, Zylstra works with a team of 40 employees and has grown the business into a multimillion-dollar company serving more than 70,000 customers annually.
Zylstra earned a bachelor’s of science degree in communications from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in management from Aquinas College. Prior to owning Old Mill Brewpub & Grill, he spent 15 years in pharmaceutical sale
About the Entrepreneurship Forum
Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series sponsored by BlueOx Credit Union and hosted by Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. The forum brings stories of entrepreneurs and startup success to the greater Kalamazoo community.
For more information or to suggest an entrepreneur who should be considered for the series, please email Alyssa Benson.
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