Microenterprise Training Program

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Federal funds for this project were awarded under the Local Food Promotion Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Crossroads offers free, bilingual business training to support local aspiring food entrepreneurs. The 10-part workshop series makes sometimes difficult-to-find and difficult-to-understand information more accessible, and covers food safety basics, business fundamentals, and everything in between. The soon-to-open shared-use Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen will provide an affordable means of production.

We offer:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish instruction
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Dynamic small group instruction
  • Technical assistance in applying to local community kitchens
  • An educational binder to organize food business documents
  • Connections to a network of local food producers and farmers

If you are thinking of starting a business in the DC Metro area or if you need guidance in taking your business to the next level, please send an email to info@crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org.

“Starting a food business has very specific challenges and this program really helps you analyze your business and puts you on the path to success!” Roy C.

Program graduate

There is no other program like this one that has pulled all the pieces together in such an organized fashion.” Bev C.

Program graduate

Recent Statistics:

# of participants that have earned their Food Manager Certification to date: 21

# of new jobs created by program graduates’ businesses so far: 8

# of new food businesses with products we can’t wait to see on the shelves at our local grocery stores: all of them!