Fresh Eyes Podcast
Episode 0: Fresh Eyes – A Teaser for Foodpreneurs
What do you get when an experienced, food industry consultant comes in to your restaurant or orders from your food truck or even listens to you pitch your ideas for a new packaged treat? A set of fresh eyes that know the industry, pitfalls, areas for cost savings, menus and packaging, growth opportunities, selling value and experience and most of all know, business.
Here, you’ll get that advice and more in light, entertaining episodes paired with a recipe and sprinkled with special guests ranging from food wholesalers, leasing experts, food bloggers, national restaurateurs and more!
Episode 1: Whatcha Got? Intro to Food Costing, Feasibility and Finding Your Market
The first Fresh Eyes episode launches with Greg scavenging in Rick’s fridge for “whatcha got.” Greg shows Rick how to whip up a delicious meal without leaving home (recipe included below) and talks food costs, feasibility and finding your market.
This whatcha got episode give you a sneak peek into not just a quick recipe for whatever you have in your fridge, it introduces you to whatcha need to be thinking about when starting a food-based business. Just like you’re scraping your fridge for any yummy additions to a meal at home, when you’re first starting out with your business, you don’t always have the luxury of knowing where to go to sell, how to start, what’s first or what to expect in terms of expenses or revenue. Greg lays it out, while Rick dishes some of these questions. Plus + “the magic of rotisserie chicken” and second gen food.
SBDC EATS Presents "Cocineros"
If you are looking to use a commercial kitchen, start a food truck, sell homemade cookies and pies or open a brick and mortar restaurant then this is the program for you! At no cost, this series will take you from creating your concept to starting your business and everything in between. Consider this a crash course on becoming a foodpreneur!
The EATS program is a food incubator program which fosters food industry entrepreneurship through education and training in the Inland Empire. The program offers business development support and professional experience from its leadership team to help startup and early stage food entrepreneurs launch their products into the marketplace. The SBDC Food Incubator Program focuses on four core areas to successfully incubate clients into business operators. These areas are: workshops and seminars, business and technical assistance, access to a home kitchen or a food processing space and access to the local food industry cluster.
Offered in partnership between the 4th Street Market, the City of Santa Ana, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the OCIE SBDC Network.
Program Main Courses
Class 1 – Cottage Food, Commercial Kitchen, Food Truck, Brick and Mortar, what is the right choice for me?
Class 2 – Building and planning for your Business
Class 3 – Creating, Costing and Pricing your Products
Class 4 – Sourcing and Selling your products
Graduation Fiesta Sale