Grow Your Business

General Resources

Want to start your own food business? We have compiled lists and documents below to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about starting a small food business in Detroit.


This is just a small sampling of the resources we have available for food businesses. Becoming a FoodLab member will give you access to our full resource directory.


Want to start a food business in Detroit?


Are you interested in operating under the Michigan Cottage Food Law?


Are you interested in making a packaged product that can be sold wholesale or direct to customers at farmer's markets and other events?

You will likely want to obtain a Wholesale Food Processing license through the Michigan Department of Agriculture.


Have questions about the Michigan OneStop website? Call 877-766-1779 or email the Customer Service Center.


Have questions about the licensing of a food service establishment? Contact the Food and Dairy Division at 517-373-1060.


Do you plan on catering, operating a mobile food business or opening a restaurant, bakery, or cafe in Detroit?

For more information on how to start a catering, mobile food business, restaurant, bakery or cafe in Detroit, please contact the Institute of Population Health at 313-309-9374.


General Food Safety Resources - Your gateway to Federal Safety Information

Food Marketing Institute - from the center for food retail safety and defense, includes webinars! Check out this Food Safety Guide put together by, in partnership with