Former Executive Director Christie Balch talks about the Microenterprise Development Program from the Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen.
Funds for the development of MDP and the kitchen were awarded under the USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the USDA Local Food Promotion Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service. MDP and the TPSS Community Kitchen are supported in part by funding from Montgomery County, Maryland, and the City of Takoma Park.
The shared-use Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen provides small-scale food business owners with an affordable means of production. Crossroads also offers free, bilingual business training to support local food entrepreneurs. The Microenterprise Development Program makes sometimes difficult-to-find and difficult-to-understand information more accessible and covers food safety basics, business fundamentals, and everything in between. It also features:
- Bilingual English/Spanish instruction
- One-on-one mentoring
- Dynamic small group instruction
- Technical assistance
- Connections to a network of local food producers and farmers
To date, 170 people have participated in the workshop series. If you are thinking of starting a food business or you need guidance in taking your food business to the next level, please fill out this interest form to receive program updates and additional resources. Si está pensando en comenzar un negocio de alimentos o si necesita orientación para llevar su negocio de alimentos al siguiente nivel, por favor llene este formulario de interés para recibir notificaciones y más información.
For more information about our curriculum, additional food business workshops and trainings, and other local commercial kitchens, please check out our MDP Resources.
“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!”
“There is no other program like this one that has pulled all the pieces together in such an organized fashion.”
# MTP graduates to date: 170
# of graduates who have earned their Food Manager Certification: 102
# of graduates who’ve gone on to become TPSS Community Kitchen users: 20