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H2SAS Panel: The State of Detroit Foodpreneurship
February 8 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Michigan has developed a cuisine unto it’s own. The rich abundance of natural resources and unique Food & Agriculture industry has led way to a farm-to-table culture that is unique to the Mitten State. Produce has always been an economic driver and now new restaurants are opening doors each week in the D. From urban farms to ag-tech startups, one thing is for sure – Detroit’s Foodpreneurs are leading the way.
Join us for an exciting discussion as we discuss the State of Foodpreneurship in Detroit with the changemakers, and tastemakers.
6:00: Networking and Food
6:30: Panel Starts
7:30: Wrap-Up and Q&A
CORY WRIGHT, Co-Founder of Mitten Crate
Cory is the co-founder and managing partner for Mitten Crate (http://www.mittencrate.com/) a subscription service and online retailer of Michigan indie foods. Mitten Crate has thousands of customers, corporate relationships with companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Corporation) and the company has donated over 100,000 meals through Gleaners Food Bank since its launch in 2013. Previous to this, Cory was a professional in the restaurant industry working with chefs and managing restaurants in NYC and Detroit. Cory is also an adviser to to Isle Box (outdoor gear subscription box) and Mary Ann’s Soda co. (Detroit based ginger beer company). Last year he joined the Greening of Detroit as a committee member helping grow the fundraising efforts of the organization’s food events.
GARY WOZNIAK, Executive Management
Gary Wozniak established the overall vision and framework for RecoveryPark. Gary has over 30 years of experience in business development and finance. He has owned and managed a successful financial consulting company, placing over $1 billion in loans and guarantees. He recently served as the Chief Development Officer of Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation (SHAR), a Detroit-based substance abuse treatment program, where he was an integral part of the team that balanced the budget, stabilized the organization, and significantly increased capacity. His experience includes project planning, financial crisis management, and troubleshooting organizational performance. Gary earned a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Oakland University.
More Panelists and Moderator to be announced.