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Fridays: September 20 – October 25, 2024 I 10 a.m. – Noon

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 in a hybrid format (online and in person).

This program is offered in English and Spanish.

During the program, you will learn:

Going from Idea to Concept

  • Do you have what it takes?
  • Steps to starting your food business
  • Types of food businesses
  • Competition
  • Your niche
  • Market research

Setting up Your Business

  • What are the different business entities?
  • Pieces you need to set up your business
  • Licensing and permits

Honing In on Your Offerings

  • Your offerings
  • Recipes
  • Inventory
  • Pricing and costing

Starting to Sell

  • Cottage permits
  • Selling at events
  • Managers certification

Managing Your Business

  • Accounting methods
  • Financial projections
  • Access to capital

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 be aligned with one of our food consultants for personalized assistance and to discuss how to move forward toward the launch of your business. You will be required to attend all sessions in order to participate in the graduation event.

Program Schedule:

Session 1: Friday, September 20 I 10 a.m. – Noon (Zoom)

Session 2: Friday, September 27 I 10 a.m. – Noon (Zoom)

Session 3: Friday, October 4 I 10 a.m. – Noon (In Person)

  • Field trip to the 4th Street Market – 201 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Session 4: Friday, October 11 10 a.m. – Noon (Zoom)

Session 5: Friday, May 18 I 10 a.m. – Noon (Zoom)

Session 6Friday, May 25 I 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.* (In Person)

  • Graduation event at the 4th Street Market – 201 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
    (Setup at 7:30 a.m.)

** Please note that attendance is MANDATORY at ALL sessions **


Sep 20 2024


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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