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Scaling Up!!

Wholesale Program

Wholesale Food Cohort 

Calling All Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs!!

37 Oaks and Norman Distribution have partnered to launch a cohort program for growing food & beverage brands.


The goal is to educate & prepare emerging businesses for growth & distribution through Norman Distribution. We will guide you through a custom curriculum of 37 Oaks University courses + 1:1 coaching to build your retail, commerce & distribution knowledge.

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  • Scaling Up!! Wholesale Panel Discussion

September - October

Our curriculum will cover the following topics

  • Intro to Wholesaling

  • Wholesale Distribution Partners

  • Retail Marketing & Promotions

  • Budgeting For Retail Growth

  • Business Development Collateral

  • Retail Math

  • Defining YOUR Unique Value


  • Norman Distribution Pitch Day!!

Meet The Cohorts

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Rachel Bernier- Green

Laine's Bake Shop

A social enterprise food manufacturing company committed to catalyzing wealth in south and west side communities in Chicago.

Samuel Hines

Hines Brines

An exotic array of seasonings & spice blends that offer a healthy alternative. 

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Jimmy Prude

Jimmy's Vegan

Jimmy's Vegan® is a wellness-focused company making high quality, plant-based vegan snack foods. A Guilt Free Indulgence.

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June's Panel Discussion

Have You Thought about selling your products to wholesalers or retailers?

Join us for another 37 Oaks University Scaling Up!! event focused on wholesale partners. If you want to learn more about this process, then Norman Distribution is the best company to teach you what wholesalers do; how they do it & who they do it with.

They are a full-service DSD distribution company specializing in “Better-for-you” snack, beverage & grocery products. They service thousands of retailers across the Midwest (supermarkets, independent retailers, convenience stores, drug chains, food service, hospitality, fitness, on-premise accounts, vending operators, etc).


Saturday,  June 27, 2020

12:30 am - 2:00pm (cst)

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Panel Discussion w/Q&A

1:30 - 2 PM

Virtual Warehouse Tour

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