Microenterprise Training Program

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Federal funds for this project were awarded under the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Local Food Promotion Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Crossroads provides 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 new 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

Our next Microenterprise Training Program session will be held in Spring 2019. If you are thinking of starting a food business in the DC Metro area or if you need guidance in taking your food business to the next level, please fill out this Interest Form to be added to the waitlist. Si está pensando en comenzar un negocio de alimentos en el área de DC Metro o si necesita orientación para llevar su negocio de alimentos al siguiente nivel, por favor llene este formulario de interés para ser agregado a la lista de espera.

“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:

# MTP graduates to date: 117

# of graduates who have earned their Food Manager Certification: 56

# of graduates who’ve gone on to sell at Crossroads Farmers Market: 5