News

First Fast Trac Business Cohort

John Capers has a product people want.

Over the last several years, the Tennessee-born owner of Pops Family Kitchen has used family recipes in perfecting award-winning barbeque and soul food for catering and special events.

“The cooking side is easy for me,” Capers said. “It’s the business side and logistics side I was struggling with.”

To fine-tune and improve his business plan, Capers joined a group of 10 other business owners as part of a free incubator program through Northern Initiatives, a nonprofit community development financial institution with an office in downtown Battle Creek. The group recently celebrated the completion of a 10-week course that explored how they could improve the viability and future growth of their startup businesses.

“Once I started taking the class, it opened my eyes to the business side of things,” Capers said. “I was breaking even at first because I was doing volume and I was undercharging. Now I understand what I need to be charging to be competitive with the market so I can get above that line.”

More News Stories

Northern Initiatives President Elissa Sangalli, shown here with CEDAM board member Charlotte Smith, was named Leader of the Year by CEDAM…
Read More
Elissa Sangalli and Jennifer Hayes testified before the Michigan State Senate March 6. They talked to the LEO/MEDC Appropriations Subcommittee about the importance of CDFIs…
Read More
As Michigan continues to face record high winter temperatures, Governor Gretchen Whitmer urged Michigan small businesses impacted by lack of snow to apply for federal…
Read More