Become a Member

Like what you see? If you are a locally owned food processing, retail, and distribution business in the Metro Detroit area, we invite you to join our community!

Our Fall Enrollment Period will be open from September 1st, 2019 - October 31, 2019. Please check back on September 1st for a link to the application!

Have questions about membership? You can contact membership [at] or stop by one of our Open Houses to learn more.   

If you are an organization or individual who supports FoodLab’s mission, but who doesn’t quite fit the description above, we hope you’ll join us as a partner or ally.

Membership Benefits

Membership benefits are continually evolving (usually thanks to suggestions from members like you).

Currently, FoodLab Members receive access to:

  • Members Only Discussion Group, our way of communicating with our members by posting questions, receiving advice, and sharing resources;

  • Database of Resources, including commercial kitchen contacts, business & licensing guides, professional services referrals, and more;

  • Technical assistance through our workshops and the ability to schedule One-on-Ones for direct assistance;

  • Discounts to FoodLab workshops and free admission to member-only events;

  • Discounts to business services including nutrition facts and inventory management software;

  • Media and PR opportunities through your listing in the FoodLab Member Directory, ability to promote business through our website & social media, and via FoodLab interviews & promotions;

  • A support network, by being a FoodLab member, you are part of a community of over 150 like-minded entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, commiserate, and celebrate with.

Membership Dues

First year membership dues are $50. 100% of your tax-deductible dues go towards growing the good food business ecosystem in Detroit. Please see application for details on how to pay your membership dues.

We look forward to welcoming you to our community! If you have any questions about membership or the application process, please contact membership [at]

Member Testimonials

Hear what FoodLab members and fellow good food entrepreneurs have to say about how FoodLab membership has been valuable to the health of their business:

“I have found the FoodLab events and information shared through the discussion group to be very valuable for our food business.  There are so many considerations for a new business and it’s exciting to have a group that is focused not only on the nuts and bolts details but also on a wider scope of how sustainable food businesses can positively impact our community.” -Shannon, owner of Slow Jams

“Thanks to FoodLab Detroit I learned how to get licensed out of a commercial kitchen and I got my ServSafe certificate!” -Salvador, owner of Chavo’s Tacos

“Connecting with like-minded good food entrepreneurs is so affirming. Being a part of FoodLab makes my heart soar like an eagle.” -Tabia, owner of Healthy Living Raw

“FoodLab Detroit is a Kiva Zip Trustee and with the support of the community, my loan was fully funded!” -Mary Ann, owner of Day to Day Fresh Frozen Foods

“I joined FoodLab because a business is an ecosystem and FoodLab is the vehicle that is uniting food businesses in Detroit to work sustainably through triple bottom line ideals!” -Alecha, owner of Nirvana Tea

“FoodLab was with me every step of the way while I was building my food truck! So thankful for their energy and support.” -Lester, owner of Norma G’s Caribbean Cuisine

Ready to applyIf you are a locally owned food processing, retail, and distribution business in the Metro Detroit area, we invite you to join our community.