Kiar Gamsho, CEO of Park Street Market and Midtown Fresh Market, will be the next speaker in the Haworth College of Business Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series, sponsored by BlueOx Credit Union. The presentation will be held on Friday, October 16 at 8 a.m. Your health and safety are WMU's top priority. In accordance with state regulations, the 2020-21 Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series will be held virtually.
Kiar Gamsho is a second-generation grocer. While attending high school and college, he worked alongside his father, Sam, who has spent more than 30 years in the industry. In 2005, Gamsho received his accountancy degree from Oakland University and after a short stint as an accountant in the private sector, he decided to pursue his true passion and follow in his father’s footsteps.
In 2009, Gamsho, his father and brothers set out to bring their urban grocery store concept to a vacant store in Kalamazoo. The following year, Park Street Market opened, filling a void in the Northside neighborhood.
With help from the Small Business Development Center, Gamsho decided to capitalize on Park Street Market’s success and purchase an additional vacant store, opening Midtown Fresh Market in the Vine and Edison neighborhoods in 2018. The store is dedicated to providing fresh and organic produce from many local farms. The location offers coffee, baked goods from Victorian Bakery, an on-site butcher and a diverse selection of ethnic food, craft beers and specialty wines.
Midtown Fresh Market was named Best Small Business for the SBDC Southwest Region and was also a finalist for the Consumers Energy Project of the Year Award.
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 Samantha Hooker.
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