Mandi's workshops are all 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.  Most workshops are offered in groups of 35 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.


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Let’s talk about how to keep your business safe and on track- be it keeping your recipes confidential, negotiating the best lease, or playing nicely with the CRA.  Join This Charming Mandi and her experts for this intensive workshop- it could save your business.

Class fee includes coffee, tea and snacks.

You will need to bring: Business cards and a laptop or tablet.


4-4:15 arrival and networking

4:15 - 5:15 Andrew, Elite Accounting

5:15- 6:15 Ashley of Aventum Law

6:15- 7:15, Erin of Erin Fry Realty

DISCLAIMER: This event is intended to be informational and not to be relied upon as business or legal advice, and that regulations, laws, and business realities are always subject to change.


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For those who are considering selling to third parties large and small.  We’ll discuss negotiations, getting noticed, setting up a distribution chain, marketing, packaging, pricing and so much more! This is Mandi’s favourite workshop to teach.

Class fee includes coffee, tea and snacks.

You will need to bring: Business cards and a laptop or tablet.

4- 4:15 arrival and networking

4:15- 5:15 the basics of wholesaling part 1

5:15- 6:15 Talk to a Buyer: What to know going in

6:15-7:15 the basics of wholesaling part 2

7:15- 7:30, wrap up and discussion


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If you're brand new to the Food Business, this is your workshop. Regulations, Distribution, Social Media and more- we'll talk about it all!

Tuesday March 26 10am- 3pm and Wednesday March 27, 10am-3pm

March 26, 10am- 3pm - Day One

10- 10:15- Introductions

10:15 - 11:  Thinking like a Food Entrepreneur- Inspiration and Marketing Ideas

11- 12: The City of Ottawa- Setting up your Food Based Business in Ottawa

12 - 12:30: Luncheon and Social Time

1 - 1:30- Writing a Marketing Plan

1:30 - 2:00: Practical Exercise: Demographics

2-3 Lawyer Presentation, Speakers TBA: Intellectual properties and setitng up your business

March 27, 10am- 3pm  Day Two

10:00 -11:00- Part 1- Wholesaling for beginners

11:00- 12:00: Let's Talk with a Buyer: What real Ottawa vendors are looking for

12:00- 12:30: luncheon and social

12:30- 1:00: Part 1: Social Media and the small business owner- boundaries and emotional strategy

1:00- 2:00:  Foodstyling and Photography for your social media channels with SarahKate

2:00 - 2:30: Part 2: Your Social Media and Strategy

2:30- 3:00: End of course "Happy Half Hour" and question session

Due to the higher price point of this ticket, interest free payment plans are available- email Mandi to arrange at