Webinar Series – Cooking Up Success

Recipe for Growing Food Businesses 

Co-hosted by CAMEO and NYIC

Food sustains us – everyone needs to eat. For many new business owners, food entrepreneurship also means family-sustaining wages. Add a dash of passion, need, and economic security and what you have is a recipe for building wealth in immigrant communities and communities of color.

The ecosystem in which a business operates has an enormous influence on its success. The five Cs of a strong Local Entrepreneurship Ecosystem are: Coaching, Capital, Connections, Climate, and Culture. Our webinar series will explore three of the 5C’s, (the ones marked in bold.)

Join us for this webinar series, that is food for thought on how to support emerging entrepreneurs and transform the entrepreneurial environment for immigrant families and families of color engaged in small business activity. The ultimate goal is to ensure our food entrepreneurs are successful and communities are sustainable.

WEBINAR 1: February 9, 2022 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm EST
Lifecycle of Food Businesses

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Do clients come to you with their grandmother’s mole recipe and want to develop a business around it? For many Latino and immigrant families, small business development has an outsized financial and cultural importance, often making up a critical element of household income and providing an opportunity to express identity.

Where do they start? What is their growth trajectory? What are the different paths a food business can take? Join us as we talk to coaching experts who will share best practices and strategies to help people start their food businesses.
WEBINAR 2: February 16, 2022 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm EST
Growing Your Clients’ Food Businesses

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For growth, businesses need capital. Immigrant entrepreneurs and those of color face well-documented barriers in accessing capital from mainstream banks, and non-profit CDFI business lenders play a critical role in meeting their capital needs.

Join us for a look at some of the resources available that can help food businesses grow and find markets, and learn more about the critical connection between capital and place-based sustainability.
WEBINAR 3: February 23, 2022 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm EST
Ensuring a Fertile Regulatory Environment for Food Business

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Small business owners are critically important contributors to local economies and many of our immigrant entrepreneurs and those of color are small business owners. The viability of small businesses is connected to the vibrancy of the neighborhood where the small businesses are located.

When it comes to food-based businesses, policy, laws and regulations play a BIG role. Local policies on everything from community investments, zoning and land use, licensing and permitting and more, create the climate that can either support or hinder small business economic growth.

Join us to find out what advocates and governments can do to ease the burden on food entrepreneurs and foster start-ups and growth.

Thanks to NYIC for co-hosting