Sept. 14, 2015

Georgian College hosts community seminar for food entrepreneurs in Midland Oct. 28

As local, sustainable food options become a higher priority for consumers, there is a growing need for education and training in the area of food entrepreneurship.

The Robbert Hartog Midland Campus of Georgian College will host Food Entrepreneurs: Celebrating Growth on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The event is offered by Georgian College in partnership with the County of Simcoe, Foodland Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Township of Springwater, economic development partners in the Town of Midland, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation/Société d’aide au développement des collectivités Simcoe Nord, along with Ciboulette et Cie, Judy Foodie, Simcoe County Farm Fresh, Valley Farms, and the Karma Project.

The seminar will focus on helping local food entrepreneurs and aspiring artisan food producers understand how to cultivate a successful food business. It’s aimed at farmers and other food entrepreneurs who want to learn more about what is needed to develop the local food economy and what they need to bring their food and beverage businesses to higher levels of productivity and profitability.

The day will showcase local food entrepreneurs who have launched a successful product or concept, presentations from a panel of experts, breakout sessions and a lunch catered by a local chef.

The event is expected to stimulate the regional agri-food economy through the development of a more comprehensive food business support system that may include business/kitchen incubation, distribution tools, programming, mentoring and more.

Food entrepreneurs should attend this event to:

  • Learn how to build a value-added food-related business
  • Discover lessons learned from successful local food entrepreneurs
  • Discuss important food trends
  • Connect with other entrepreneurs, producers and suppliers

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Georgian College Robbert Hartog Midland Campus at 649 Prospect Blvd. Admission is free but space is limited and tickets are required. For more information or to register online visit (click on Events), or contact Mary Whittaker at or 705.526.3666, ext. 1774.

A second food entrepreneurship seminar – Food Entrepreneurship: Producing Economic Growth in Ontario’s Lake County – takes place on Monday, Oct. 26 at the Georgian College Orillia Campus. For more information on this seminar, call 705.325.2740, ext. 1774.


Elaine Murray, Communications Specialist, 705.728.1968, ext. 1003,

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