October 2016 ALAP Meeting Recap

The ALAP crew reconvened for our first Fall potluck meeting with two speakers.  Leading off was Jim Barnes of Crystal Lake Catering.  Jim shared  preliminary plans that will take his entrepreneurial talents to a redevelopment project in Elberta.  While neighboring Frankfort has seen quite a revival, Elberta continues to provide ample opportunities for economic development.  Although at an early stage, his plans for the property include launching a space to give tiny home living a try and headquarters for a new outdoor outfitting venture.  For those learning more about Jim’s ideas, please send him an email (jim@CrystalLakeCatering.com).

After Jim, Scotty Bruce of MichiganFarmMarket took the floor to give us a brief update on his rapidly growing business and a new project he is working on.  MFM has successfully raised over $200k on a Localstake campaign (which is still running) and continues to pursue good growth opportunities for the three core divisions of the business (Ecommerce, wholesale distribution of locally made desserts, and local food product retail).  His new project involves developing a platform that allows boutique food entrepreneurs a complete product development, manufacturing, and distribution solution.  An initial pilot is planned for a  local brewer who is looking to launch a new food product that leverages its highly successful brand.  For those learning more about MFM and Scotty’s ambitious growth plans, he can be reached here (scotty@mifarmmarket.com).

ALAP’s next potluck meeting is scheduled for 11/10 with speakers to be announced soon.  We are also building our presenter pipeline for our 2017 meetings, so please get the word out to local business owners and project developers seeking to network with local triple-bottom-line investors.