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Starting a Food Business

September 12, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT


Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. Join Natalie Shmulik of The Hatchery and Cheryl Balough of Balough Law Offices to go through a food business checklist and make sure you structure your business correctly from the start. This class covers required licensing, certification, financing, and branding. 

This event is free for residents of the West Side communities. To register, email [email protected]

About the Presenters:

Natalie Shmulik is The Hatchery’s Chief Strategy and Incubation Officer and go-to resource for launching a successful food and beverage business. With an M.L.A. in Gastronomy from Boston University, Natalie has years of innovative experience working with supermarkets, culinary publications, consumer packaged goods companies, and food service establishments. She continues to play a valuable role in branding and marketing for food businesses around the country, with her specialty in trend forecasting.


Cheryl Balough is a principal at Balough Law Offices, where she helps businesses and individuals protect their ideas, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets as they start new ventures or grow existing businesses. She also helps clients with their business set-up and contract needs. She has served as Chair of the American Bar Association Cyberspace Law Committee and the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women. She teaches copyright law at Chicago-Kent College of Law and is a Branch Network member at The Hatchery.



September 12, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
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The Hatchery Chicago
(312) 283-5723
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The Hatchery
135 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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