Are you interested in starting your own food business, SBDC EATS is a program that helps you learn what it takes to do so! Through this program, you will be guided through the necessary steps to plan, build, and launch your food business and products in the marketplace. SBDC EATS will be taught fully virtually. This fast-paced course will help you in developing your business idea to start up your business in the food industry.
SBDC EATS is a California Dream Fund approved program available only for businesses registered in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Learn more about the California Dream Fund here.
During the program, you will learn:
Session One – Going from Idea to Concept
- Do you have what it takes?
- Steps to starting your food business
- Types of food businesses
- Your niche
- Market Research
Class Two – Setting up your Business
- What are the different business entities?
- Pieces you need to set up your business
- Licensing and permits
Class Three – Honing in on your Offerings
- Your offerings
- Pricing and costing
Class Four – Starting to Sell
- Cottage permits
- Selling at events
- Managers Certification
Class Five – Managing your Business
- Accounting methods
- Financial Projections
- Access to Capital
Class Six – Getting the Word out
- Marketing your business
- Establishing your online presence
- Steps to stand out and shine in a crowded market
- Measuring your success
Through this program, you will have the opportunity to be aligned with one of our food consultants and to schedule consultation sessions to discuss moving forward towards the launch of your business. You will be required to attend all six sessions.