Chad Gillard co-founded Midwest Pantry in 2010 and has since worked with over 350 local food and gift producing companies to increase sales through educational, wholesale, and retail opportunities. Midwest Pantry helps Midwestern-based food and gift entrepreneurs grow their companies from start-up through the point of scale-up by providing education, experience, and mentorship with a series of local public retail and private wholesale events. Most notable of these events is the semiannual Local Food & Gift Trade Show, which attracts hundreds of wholesale buyers from across the region. Midwest Panty was a recipient of the 2015 EUREKA! Award for Innovation.