September 7, 2011

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington  announced today an informational “how-to” panel discussion on September 15th detailing the establishment of a food vendor business in Bloomington & Monroe County.  This event, which is open to the community, is part of the Bloomington Lifelong Learning Coalition’s “Food for Thought” series and promotes the growth of small business and entrepreneurship in our area.

The Center has been approached by local entrepreneurs several times over the past year requesting information about the establishment of food-based businesses and we have worked with our partners in the community to put together this informational panel discussion on the business of food.  Our event will be held on September 15th from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Cook Center offices at 2088 South Liberty Drive, Suite 114 in Bloomington.

Ivy Tech’s Cook Center will facilitate the discussion with B-Town Pizza founders Jesica Pillar & Jim Blickensdorf, Adam Wason from the City of Bloomington and Sandy Wallace from the Monroe County Health Department.  The program will include comments about the process for the development of a food-vendor business, the necessary permitting and compliance aspects that are required within the City & County, and operational issues in the early formation of the business.  B-Town Pizza will provide free food for the attendees after the panel session just outside the Cook Center offices.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.