Get Started in the Food Business

Let Central Piedmont's Small Business Center help you to start, manage, and grow your own food business. To learn more about these featured classes or other offerings to help your small business, call 704.330.4223.

How to Start a Restaurant

Opening a restaurant is hard, but fun work. Where do you start? This comprehensive course will take you step-by-step through the knowledge and processes that will make you a successful restaurateur. From creating a menu to the servers you hire, learn how to make the business enjoyable, appealing and profitable one plate at a time. Topics include the business plan, funding, choosing a site, lease negotiation, design and equipment, hiring and training. Facilitated by Barry Wolfman founder of Wolfman Pizza.

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Food Trucks 101: Starting a Mobile Food Business

Food trucks are the single fastest growing sector of the restaurant industry. Discover how to develop your business, build your brand and gain a loyal following. You will learn how to comply with regulatory requirements, to overcome common obstacles and to measure your success. Facilitated by Ricky Ortiz founder of Tacos Rick-Os.

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Soup to Nuts Strategy for Starting a Food Business

Good news food entrepreneurs! Thanks to cottage food laws you can create a food business in your kitchen as long as you follow all of the rules. Sales for specialty food products have increased over 18% in the last three years as more consumers seek out the quality and taste of artisan products. Take advantage of this growing market and learn the intricacies of the laws that allow you to create food products at home.

How to Price your Food Product

Mobile and artisan food businesses are ‘the’ growing segments in the food industry. In all businesses ensuring profitability is vital to existence. The highly competitive nature of the food industry, profitability is often hard won. Discover unique pricing models to ensure profitability as you consider a startup venture in the food industry.

Food Truck Marketing

Are you ready for your food truck to go viral? Learn the best ways to build your brand, attract media attention, increase sales and grow profits. Discover how to build a multifaceted strategy that harnesses the power of social media, local publications, your website, and word of mouth to drive sales and grow your food truck business.