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.
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.
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
6:45-7:00 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
Holiday Market and Order Prep
The Holiday Season can be the most exciting and profitable time for a small business. It can also be ripe for disaster if you don't plan accordingly. In this intensive, hands on workshop we'll review costing and pricing with an expert guest speaker (TBA), review how to polish your social media and website to appeal to show and market curators, ordering- how to for your supplies, and when to cut off for your customers. We'll also talk logistics, shareables, show courtesy and more. Mandi herself has over 15 years experience in the Ottawa Craft Fair/ Market Scene and will draw from experience during this course. You will also be provided with a curated list of the best shows to apply to for the holiday season in Ottawa. No one has paid to be on this list- it's all shows curated by Mandi and her peers. Email today to reserve.
you will need: Tablet or Laptop
Cost: $85, includes coffee and snack
9:00- 9:15- Arrival and networking
9:15- 10:00- Preparations, Organization leading up the holidays and shows
10:00 - 11- Costing your product with Brad Campeau of Brew Donkey
11:00-11:15- coffee and snack break
11:15-12:15 - Craft show 101: Setup, Etiquette, Applying, Being Invited Back with Sean Zio of Ravenswing
12:15-12:30- Coffee Break
12:30-1:45- It’s The most Wonderful Time of the Year: Best practices to make it through the holidays with your sanity and bank account intact.
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 Debra Cowie- food styling and photography
1:15- coffee break
1:15- 2:00- Operational day to day planning for your business
2:00- 3:00 - Costing Guest Speaker TBA
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 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