By Anna Skinner
Food start-up entrepreneurs, local business owners and area residents will have a chance to listen in on panel and various breakout sessions promoting incentives for bringing businesses to Boone County.
The Food Start-Up Boot Camp is presented by Edible Indy, a central Indiana publication focused on the farm-to-table movement and the backstories of growers, producers and artisans.
“We decided to create this Food Start-Up Boot Camp with three different panels of speakers who are local business owners in Indiana, who have just started or are very successful,” said Jennifer Rubenstein, publisher of Edible Indy. “Between those (panel) segments we have breakout sections where we have eight different breakout tables.”
The breakout tables highlight various topics, such as goals and tax incentives for bringing businesses to Whitestown and Lebanon.
“It’s for the betterment of Boone County. There are a lot of incentives that Whitestown is doing, that Lebanon is doing … They want to bring in businesses, they want to bring in breweries, they want to bring in people who want to better the local economy,” Rubenstein said. “A lot of these startups or breweries are hitting road bumps because of liquor laws or just having financial problems with finding a building or a place they can afford. That’s why Whitestown and Lebanon are putting together these great opportunities.”
Panel discussions include ways to start a business, distribution, long-term success stories and more. Breakout sessions provide professional suggestions on topics such as kitchen design. Food and drinks will be available to guests.
Tickets are $50, and the event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Cardinal Room at the Golf Club of Indiana, 6905 S. 525 E., Lebanon. Tickets can be purchased at foodstartupbootcamp.eventbrite.com.