Mandi's workshops are lovingly curated by real life experiences and are constantly evolving to reflect the needs of today's food entrepreneurs.   We respect the different learning styles of each person- as a result there are visual, audio, and practical hands on components in each course.  All workshops are offered in groups of 12 or less, so as a student you will receive plenty of one on one time and will be able to ask any questions you may have.  We also have excellent aftercare as well, with a "workshop attendees only" Facebook group moderated by several community leaders, so you can continue to network and get expert advice.

 November 21, 2018 5pm-9pm at the Art House Cafe

November 21, 2018 5pm-9pm at the Art House Cafe


Ever wanted to explore the world of distribution?  With our hands on course, we'll ensure you can negotiate the best deal for you and your business, big or small.

Cost: $75, includes coffees and snack

You will need: Tablet or Laptop.

Class Schedule:

5-5:15  arrival and networking

5:15- 6:00- lecture part 1

6:00-6:30- practical exercise- let’s review a real wholesale contract

6:30-6:45- break

6:45-7:00 lecture part 2

7:00- 7:45 Sticky Situations- solve real wholesale issues

7:45- 8:45- Social Media and Building your relationships with vendors

8:45-9:00- wrap up and questions

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 Saturday October 27, Sunday October 28, 9am-3:30pm each day

Saturday October 27, Sunday October 28, 9am-3:30pm each day

Freshie Weekend

This weekend long intensive workshop was designed with the novice in mind- if you're brand new to the community, the industry or even being a business person, this is your course.  This weekend long workshop is a special hybrid, combining all of my workshops into one.  Wholesale, Food Styling, Social Media, Operational, Cash Flows, Sourcing, Hiring and more.  Think of this as your "crash course" in Ottawa small business.  even business grads have been astounded at all the new knowledge they've gained from this workshop.

Cost: $250, includes coffees and meals for the whole weekend, as well as full business plan template.

You will need: Tablet or Laptop

Saturday the 27th- 9-3:30

9- 9:30am arrival, networking, casual chat and introductions

9:15- 9:50am- lecture: Ideas and inspiration, Marketing for beginners

 9:50- 10:15 Practical Marketing Exercise: Understanding Demographics

10:15- 11:15- City of Ottawa Presentation- First steps

11:15 - 11:30- lunch break

11:30- 1:00 Sarp Kizir of @roughchopottawa Food styling and photograhy

1:15- coffee break

1:15- 2:00- Operational day to day planning for your business

2:00- 3:00 -

3pm- 3:30pm: Question and discussion

Sunday the 28th- 9-3:30

9-9:15- arrival and casual chat

9:15- 10:15- lecture: Wholesale part 1  

10:15- 11:00 - Costing Guest Speaker- Brad Campeau of Brew Donkey

11:00-11:30- practical exercise: let’s review a wholesale contract

11:00- 12:00- Lecture: Wholesale Part 2: Maintaining your relationships

12 -12:30: lunch break

12:30 -2:00: Guest Speaker Megan Davis: algorithms, design and social media.

2:00-3:00: Social Media Etiquette and Getting Started

3:00- 3:30- "Happy half hour" discussion and departures

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Intermediate Social Media

Feel like your social media skills could use an upgrade? We're here to help. Bring your own products and photographer Debra Cowie will show you how to style them. Megan Davis is the best at explaining algorithms and why page looks and consistency are important. And I'll be sharing how to properly buy your ads and keep it classy online. Join us?

You will need: Ipad or laptop
Fee is $85, includes drink and snack

5:00-5:15- arrival and introductions
5:15-5:45- Etiquette and tone with Mandi
5:45-7:00- Debra Cowie Food Styling
7:00-7:15- Coffee Break
7:15- 8:15- Megan Davis Algorithms, Style and Social Media tips
8:15-8:45- Purchasing Ads- pros and cons
8:45-9:00- wrap up and goodbye

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