Social entrepreneur and WMU alumnus to speak at next breakfast event

contact: Alyssa Benson
| WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The founder of a local restaurant that gives back to the community will be the next speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business.

Patrick Mixis, founder of Feed the World Café, will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, April 14, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made at (269) 387-6059 or wmich.edu/business/e-rsvp. Free parking is available in Fetzer Center Lot 72F.

Photo of Patrick Mixis.

WMU alumnus Patrick Mixis

Feed the World Café

Feed the World Café was the dream of a WMU food service administration student hoping to make a difference in the community.

Opened in 2015 in Oshtemo Township, Feed the World Café is a social impact restaurant offering unique food using locally sourced ingredients. For every meal purchased at the restaurant and through catering, one or more meals are provided to someone in need in the community. As a student, Mixis was passionate about social entrepreneurship and worked with WMU entrepreneurship professors to develop a business plan for the one-for-one restaurant model.

Local is truly the mission at Feed the World Café. The restaurant works with several regional food assistance agencies, including Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes and the South Central Food Bank of Michigan, to ensure meals are provided for those in need.

The restaurant has recently expanded, including offering branded products and opening a new location. Feed the World Café Express is located on Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Arcadia Commons Campus.

About Entrepreneurship Forum

Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series sponsored by BlueOx Credit Union and hosted by Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. The forum brings stories of entrepreneurs and startup success to the greater Kalamazoo community. To learn more about the series, visit wmich.edu/business/entrepreneurship-forum.

For more information or to RSVP, call (269) 387-6059 or visit wmich.edu/business/e-rsvp. To suggest an entrepreneur for the series, contact Alyssa Benson at alyssa.benson@wmich.edu.

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