Executive director of a local food entrepreneur incubator will be the second speaker in the 2016-17 Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.
Lucy Dilley, executive director and incubation partner at Can-Do Kitchen, will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 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) 387-5964. Free parking is available at Schneider Hall in Lot 72R.
Can-Do Kitchen launched in 2008, sparked by the growing demand for locally produced food, and an increase of entrepreneurs who wanted to start their own business to meet this demand. Can-Do Kitchen’s mission is to build foundations and remove barriers to food business ownership through experiential education and access to commercial kitchen facilities and other valuable resources.
The pilot program of Can-Do Kitchen started in a 20-foot commercial kitchen trailer at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds. Since it’s inception, Can-Do Kitchen has evolved and is currently in an interim facility while the organization develops partnerships, expands the board and plans for future expansion. In addition to a board of directors and an advisory group, Can-Do Kitchen is operated by Dilley and Sheena Foster, director of operations and experiential learning.
Dilley has bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and earth science from Western Michigan University, which sparked an interest in and involvement with community gardening and the local foods movement. She has experience in natural foods retail, commissary kitchen management, non-profit program development and management.
About the Entrepreneurship Forum
The Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series hosted by WMU’s Haworth College of Business designed to bring stories of entrepreneurial success to the greater Kalamazoo community. The series is devoted to entrepreneurs and unique stories of startup success.
For more information or to suggest an entrepreneur who should be considered for the series, please contact Alyssa Benson at (269) 387-5964 or email@example.com.
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