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

Regenerative Economies In Michigan, Creating More Resilient Local Economies From the Ground Up Next City conducted a Q&A with Northern Initiatives President Elissa Sangalli about…
Read More
What an Impact! W.K. Kellogg Foundation looks at Northern Initiatives' work in Battle Creek The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) did an impact study on Northern…
Read More
Brown Bag Lunches in GR Providing a Full Scope of Learning to Organizations Statewide A series of lunchtime meetings will help the entrepreneurs in the…
Read More