Local bakery highlighted at next entrepreneurship forum

Contact: Alyssa Benson

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The entrepreneur behind a local bakery will be the next speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business.

Maria Brennan, founder of The Victorian Bakery, will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 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) 387-6059 or at wmich.edu/business/e-rsvp. Free parking is available in Fetzer Center Lot 72F.

Brennan and The Victorian Bakery

The Victorian Bakery started as an at-home baking operation in 2004. Founder Maria Brennan was making healthy baked goods to bring to her son's school, when interest in her products skyrocketed.

Brennan, whose interest in baking began as a young child in Dublin, Ireland, specializes in traditional Irish baked goods, such as scones, sourdough breads and other treats.

She started doing her own baking for family health reasons and applies the same philosophy to the baked goods she sells. Products from The Victorian Bakery do not contain artificial ingredients such as food colorings and are minimally processed. Brennan sources the majority of her ingredients from area companies and uses organic ingredients as often as possible.

The bakery sells products at its Kalamazoo location, as well as local grocery stores and farmers markets.

The Victorian Bakery will be providing the baked goods for this breakfast event.

About Entrepreneurship Forum

The Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series sponsored by BlueOx Credit Union and hosted by WMU's Haworth College of Business. The forum brings stories of entrepreneurs and startup success to the greater Kalamazoo community. To learn more about the series, visit wmich.edu/business/entrepreneurship-forum.

Future Entrepreneurship Forum Speakers

  • March 17: Rich Daniels, RNS Packaging
  • April 14: Patrick Mixis, Feed the World Cafe

For more information or to RSVP please call (269) 387-6059 or register at wmich.edu/business/e-rsvp. To suggest an entrepreneur for the series, contact Alyssa Benson at alyssa.benson@wmich.edu.

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