8:30 - 9:00 AM

Registration Opens & Networking Begins

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Walk-Up Networking Tables Open

10:00 AM

Morning Program Begins

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10:00 - 10:10 AM


Ryan Michael · Pure Michigan Business Connect

10:10 - 10:20 AM

Opening Remarks

10:20 - 10:50 AM

Keynote Presentation: The Future of Food

Eve Turow Paul

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking Meetings Begin/Walk-Up Tables Continue

One-on-one meetings: These are 20 minute scheduled meetings between buyers and suppliers that require a supplier application. Suppliers who receive one-on-one meetings will be selected by buyers based on application responses and interest. Scheduling will be done in advance of the event and suppliers will be notified if they are selected for one-on-one meetings.

Walk-up Meetings: These meetings are more informal and are not scheduled in advance of the event. Buyers will “staff” walk-up/exhibit tables for suppliers to approach to discuss purchasing needs. Buyers may include those from companies who are also taking one-on-one meetings, and/or other buyers who may just wish to meet with suppliers in a more informal fashion to see “what’s out there”.

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12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch Presentation

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12:05 - 12:15 PM

Introduction by Michigan Department of Agriculture

Ken McFarlane · Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Lunch Presentation

Joe Kinville · Guernsey Farms Dairy
Jamie Stepanian-Bennett · Biggby Coffee

1:00 - 3:40 PM

Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking Sessions Continue

4:00 PM

Summit Concludes