SBDC EATS provides entrepreneurs with a passion for the culinary arts an opportunity to launch their business and take their food creations to market.

SBDC EATS Presents "Cocineros"

Think you’ve got the perfect recipe to take to market? Whether you’re looking to open a brick and mortar, using a commercial kitchen, a food truck, or just selling straight from your home this program is for you! This series will take you from establishing your concept to starting your business and everything else in between. Begin your crash course on becoming a foodpreneur!


Offered in partnership between the 4th Street Market, the City of Santa Ana, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the OCIE SBDC Network. 

So What's on the Menu?

If you are looking to 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!

25 people will be selected based on an interview process.



Program Main Courses

Program Curriculum

Class 1 – Cottage Food, Commercial Kitchen, Food Truck, Brick and Mortar, what is the right choice for me?

Tuesday, April 2nd

Class 2 – Building and planning for your Business

Tuesday, April 9th

Class 3 – Creating, Costing and Pricing your Products

Tuesday, April 16th

Class 4 – Sourcing and Selling your products

Tuesday, April 23rd

Graduation Fiesta Sale

Tuesday, April 30th

About EATS

The SBDC EATS program was created to foster growth within the food industry entrepreneurship sector in the local communities of Orange County. This program offers business development support and professional experience through its diverse and talented leadership team. Through education and training, the program has led to the establishment of various small businesses! The SBDC EATS Program focuses on four core areas: 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.

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