Georgian hosts community seminar for food entrepreneurs in Orangeville Feb. 25
January 09, 2015

food-safety-regulatory-training-shutterstock-188355185-georgian-college-2014-09-17Local food is increasingly popular with Ontario residents, and that can bring tempting new business opportunities for savvy entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Orangeville Campus of Georgian College will host a Community Seminar for Food Entrepreneurs. The event is offered by Georgian College in partnership with the Orangeville and Area Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC), Headwaters Food and Farming Alliance (HFFA), Downtown Orangeville BIA, Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), Dufferin.Biz, local municipalities and economic development partners in Dufferin County and Caledon.

The seminar will help local food entrepreneurs and aspiring artisan food producers understand how to cultivate a successful food business. It’s aimed at food and beverage entrepreneurs who want to know more about the agricultural and economic development trends. The seminar will offer tools and resources so agri-food businesses can position themselves advantageously to meet new consumer demand.

The day will feature a showcase of local food and beverage entrepreneurs who have launched a successful product or concept, presentations from a panel of experts, special guest speakers, and a lunch catered by a local chef.

Food entrepreneurs should attend this event to:

  • Learn about the processes and preparation required for starting a food business
  • Discover lessons learned from successful local food entrepreneurs
  • Discuss important food trends
  • Connect with other entrepreneurs, producers and suppliers
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch catered by a local chef

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Monora Park Pavilion at 500 Monora Park Pavilion Rd, Mono, ON L9W 0E1. Admission is free but space is limited and tickets are required. Please register online at or contact Mary Whittaker at 519.940.0331, ext. 1774 for more information.

The success of a similar event held in Collingwood last February has prompted additional programming. A Food Safety Regulatory Training course is currently being piloted, with classes available at the Barrie and South Georgian Bay Campuses this term.”

Read what industry trade journal Food Production Daily has to say about the program.