Georgian College and partners offer new business development program, SPROUT

Georgian College

from the Barrie Advance:  

Barrie food entrepreneurs will have another opportunity to grow early next year.

The city, in partnership with Georgian College and the Agri-Food Management Institute, will offer a new business development program designed to assist entrepreneurs with bringing their ideas to market. Registration opened this week and the program will run for 12 weeks beginning in March.

This program includes weekly seminars, kitchen time, panel presentations and mentorship components. Participants will learn about various aspects of food production, including current regulations, development costs and sales, marketing and pricing techniques.

“Food businesses represent a high proportion of small businesses in our city,” Invest Barrie executive director Zvi Lifshiz said.

Thirty per cent of downtown businesses are culinary-based, while the number of specialty food stores increased 19 per cent in the area between 2010 and 2015, he said.

SPROUT is ideal for budding food entrepreneurs who have yet to generate revenue for their ideas or those currently selling their products at farmers’ markets and festivals, Lifshiz said.

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