Director of local food incubator to speak at Entrepreneurship Forum

contact: Alyssa Benson
| WMU News

Photo of Lucy Dilley.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The executive director of a local food business incubator will be the second speaker in the 2016-17 Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series hosted by 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 by calling (269) 387-5964 or at Free parking is available at Schneider Hall in Lot 72R.

Can-Do Kitchen

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 its inception, Can-Do Kitchen has moved into 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.

Lucy Dilley

Dilley has bachelor's degree in environmental studies and earth science from Western Michigan University, which inspired her interest in and involvement with community gardening and the local foods movement. She has experience in natural foods retail, commissary kitchen management, nonprofit program development and management.

About Entrepreneurship Forum

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. To learn more about the series, visit

Future Entrepreneurship Forum speakers

  • Nov. 11: Benjamin Gott, Boxed Water
  • Dec. 9: T.J. Waldofsky and Chris O'Neill, One Well Brewing

For more information or to RSVP, visit or call (269) 387-5964. To suggest an entrepreneur for the series, contact Alyssa Benson at

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