Brick City Development Corp. is hosting the seminar as part of its efforts to help Newark’s small businesses. The event will take place on Jan. 21 and Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
At the first session, aspiring food entrepreneurs will learn about some of the logistical hurdles to starting a food business, such as licensing and insurance requirements, as well as how to draft a business plan.
The second session will include a cook-off, complete with prizes.
“Until now, BCDC has provided technical assistance to over 700 aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses,” Lyneir Richardson, CEO of BCDC, said in a statement.
“With the Food Entrepreneur Seminar, we expect to provide industry-specific resources to food entrepreneurs,” he added. “Our ultimate goal is to sponsor a commercial kitchen in Newark based on models successful in other cities.”
And success in the food business is not a pipe dream.
Newark native Carey M. Hamilton, 56, has been working with A&P to get his collard green spring rolls on supermarket shelves through his company, A Taste of Soul.
“We have a lot of exciting things in the works with A&P,” Hamilton said in a statement. “Last year, I made around $10,000 out of A Taste of Soul, but next year I’m guessing I’ll jump to a six-figure number.”
The first seminar, on Jan. 21, will be held on the 26th floor of 744 Broad St.
The Feb. 4 session will be held at the Greater Newark Conservancy at 32 Prince St.
For more information, visit the Brick City Development Corp. website.
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