Mike Fulkerson brings to the Indiana SBDC nearly two decades of experience in the food and beverage (perishable) packaged goods industry. Throughout his career, he has held roles on both the retail and manufacturing sides of the industry. On the retail side, Mike has worked with the natural foods grocery chains Wild Oats Marketplace and Earth Fare Supermarkets in roles including Store Manager, Corporate Merchandiser, and Grocery Category Manager. On the manufacturing side, Mike has held executive roles in Business Development and Operations with companies ranging from seed-stage startups to century-old brands. During his tenure, Mike has launched numerous brands and products from ideation stage to nationwide distribution. Mike is passionate about small business, and is eager to assist business owners with improving their skillsets, fine-tuning their operating procedures, and providing well-vetted insights wherever needed. In his free time Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, gardening, hiking, bicycling, gaming, and hanging out with his chatty and rambunctious cat, Merlin.