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Toronto’s Food Incubator

So, you want to be in the food business? Do you know what to do, who to talk to and how to get thintfbiprogramgs started? Probably not. Never fear, the Toronto Food Business Incubator (TFBI) is near, by. The TFBI offers a 5 step program, lasting 3 years. During this time, a business will go from concept to independence.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, applicants must submit a business plan. If you have no post-secondary education or business experience, thats okay.  The TFBI will even assist you in writing the business plan before your official review, which could come in handy if you have a secret family recipe that you want to turn into money.

Furthermore, if you want to have a greater probability of success, you may want to consider attending a workshop or seminar. The TFBI hosts seminars along with the city of Toronto’s economic development department. If you attend these seminars you will hear from Michael Donahue, who works at the Toronto Business Development Centre. He will touch on topics such as:

  • The basics of starting a Business
  • How to develop your Business Plan
  • How to make sure your financing is in place

You will also hear from Michael Wolfson,  from the City of Toronto Economic Development’s Food & Beverage Sector. He will cover topics such as:

  • How to Brand your Identity
  • How to develop your products
  • How to utilize other websites to source information

Even with a post-secondary education, if I were getting into the food business, I would certainly seek advice from the TFBI and attend these seminars. Below are the remaining seminars for the remainder of 2009, keeping in mind that you must register at least 1 week before the seminar;

How to Start a Food Business
May 11, 2009

North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto

9:30 am – 12:00pm


How to Start a Food Business
September 21, 2009

North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto

9:30 am – 12:00pm


How to Start a Food Business
December 14th, 2009

North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers
5100 Yonge Street, Toronto

9:30 am – 12:00pm

Admission is free of charge, however, you must fill out a registration form and forward to Michael Wolfson (the guy from the City of Toronto Economic Development’s Food & Beverage Sector) by;

email: mwolfso@toronto.ca
fax: 416.395.7573

Hopefully I have been of some use to anyone who is thinking about getting into the food industry in Toronto.

Until next time, keep eating…

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