Donate

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. Still have questions? Feel free to stop by our weekly office hours

 

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

 

FoodSafety.gov - Your gateway to Federal Safety Information

Food Marketing Institute - from the center for food retail safety and defense, includes webinars! 

 

Quitday.org: Check out this Food Safety Guide put together by Quitday.org, in partnership with Cancer.org.