Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods grocer, will host a supplier fair to find new local, South Side-based products for its upcoming Englewood location. The small business event is intended to educate prospective new suppliers on the company’s Quality Standards and process for becoming a supplier as well as connect startups with business resources.

“We love supporting local food artisans and producers who share our passion for quality products made from pure, simple ingredients,” says Whole Foods Market Midwest Local Forager, Julie Blubaugh. “This event is a great opportunity to meet with potential suppliers and find the unique flavors that make Chicago special, and support budding companies find the resources they need to grow.”

During the event, interested suppliers will learn about Whole Foods Market’s Quality Standards and supplier process, and then meet individual with buyers to discuss their products in more detail. Local companies specializing in financing, insurance and packaging will also be on-hand to answer questions many food entrepreneurs encounter.

The small business event takes place Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Hamilton Park Fieldhouse, 513 W. 72nd St. in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Prospective attendees may email MW.Local.Supplier.Submissions@WholeFoods.com for additional information.

Since 1980, Whole Foods Market has led the grocery industry with its Quality Standards. These high standards for quality and transparency offers shoppers access to delicious, pure foods; minimally-processed body care products and environmentally-friendly cleaning products. The Englewood Whole Foods Market store, located at the intersection of 63rd and Halsted Streets is expected to open in September of 2016.