Georgian College hosts community seminars for food entrepreneurs
September 16, 2015

BeetsForWebAs 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.

Georgian College will host two community seminars for food entrepreneurs in October. Food Entrepreneurship: Producing Economic Growth in Ontario’s Lake County will take place at the Orillia Campus on Monday, Oct. 26. The second seminar, Food Entrepreneurs: Celebrating Growth will take place at the Robbert Hartog Midland Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The seminars will focus on helping local food entrepreneurs and aspiring artisan food producers understand how to cultivate a successful food business. They are aimed at farmers, food processors, chefs and food retailers who want to learn how to bring their food and beverage businesses to higher levels of productivity and profitability.

They 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.

They are 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 these events 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 seminars run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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 705.325.2740, ext. 1774 (Orillia) or 705.526.3666, ext. 1774 (Midland). These events are offered by Georgian in partnership with:

  • County of Simcoe
  • Foodland Ontario
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Local municipalities (including the Township of Oro-Medonte, Township of Springwater and the Township of Ramara)
  • Economic development partners in the City of Orillia andthe Town of Midland
  • North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation/Société d’aide au développement des collectivités Simcoe Nord
  • Ciboulette et Cie
  • Judy Foodie
  • Simcoe County Farm Fresh
  • Valley Farms
  • the Karma Project