Past Programs

At FoodLab Detroit, we are creating a community of food entrepreneurs who are constantly experimenting with ways they can contribute to the greater good through day-to-day business operations.

When we talk to our members, we hear that while there are lots of books and classes on how to start and run a business, there’s little support for how to run a good food business.

So we organize learning experiences to help develop skills and capacity around running a triple-bottom-...

NOTE: FoodLab Detroit is no longer hosting monthly Office Hour sessions. To find out more about what programming we're currently offering see our calendar, Upcoming Events page, or get in touch with us at programs [at] ...

Year-round, members provide guidance and input to staff on needs, opportunities, priorities, and strategies to grow the good food business ecosystem. But there are always more ideas for projects and programs than we have time or resources to pursue. In order to prioritize our collective energy and make sure we're "pulling together" as a community, each year, at our annual...

In early 2014, FoodLab Detroit and Keep Growing Detroit (KGD) began working together on cultivating connections between the urban agriculture and culinary communities in Detroit, specifically with emerging FoodLab member businesses and urban growers selling produce with Grown in Detroit...

Every second Monday of the month, we host a community talk that is open to the public at rotating locations around Detroit. We hope to spread the love to different locations, activating spaces with the buzz of sharing and learning, and introducing people to new places and faces engaged in similar work. Conversation topics have included the coexistence of small businesses with big corporations; local sourcing; time...

BASE is our annual series of business development workshops where a cohort of good food entrepreneurs develop their vision, begin to outfit their entrepeneurial toolbox, and connect with one another and with an ecosystem of support.

FoodLab BASE started in 2012 as a volunteer effort organized for Detroit-area food...

In November 2013, our members voted on our first annual Community Action Project to work towards improving the food business licensing process and policy in the city of Detroit.

In Detroit, food businesses are helping to drive innovation, provide an economic alternative to those facing income instability and helping to...

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