Small Business Center Training and Events

From one hour to 10 weeks, the Small Business Center offers small-business training to help you start and build your business.

One- to three-hour webinars covering common business topics, offered by Wake Tech's Small Business Center and the Small Business Center Network of North Carolina.

Free, community-based entrepreneurship programs offered in the Fall and Spring semesters that include curriculum training, mentoring, networking and access to capital. Application required.

Wake Tech student-focused entrepreneurship programs for degree and non-degree students.

This training and pitch competition is for student entrepreneurs and small-business owners in Wake County, aimed at accelerating business growth.

An eight-week, fee-based training program offered each Spring semester for established small-business owners who want to sell goods and services to public entities.

This program provides affordable retail space in downtown Raleigh and small-business counseling to participating minority- and women-owned businesses.

Course details and registration information

Wake Tech also offers a number of courses on starting a new business.

How to Start a Food Truck Business
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Food Truck Owners & Operators, Restaurants, Small Business, Chefs,
Are you interested in starting a food truck business? This course will show you how to be a part of the hottest dining trend around! You’ll find out what’s required to operate a mobile food unit safely and legally – licenses and permits; zoning laws; federal, state, and local regulations; health and safety concerns; taxes; and more. The course also includes business essentials such as creating a business plan, securing a business loan, budgeting, and costing. At the end of the course you’ll take the Servsafe Manager Certification Exam, which is mandatory for food truck operators.
Course Objectives
  1. learn the requirements for starting a food truck business. At the conclusion of the course students will have the knowledge of federal, state and local regulations, zoning, licenses, and permits needed. Students will also gain the knowledge of the major components needed to construct a business plan as well. Food truck owners are required to have a certification in Serv Safe, and at the end of this course all students are required to take and pass the Serv Safe exam.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Wake County Environmental Services-
    Teacher Intro and Student Intro (Why did you sign up for this course?)
    Speaking the Same Language ,
    Role of Wake County Environmental Services
    NC Rules and NC Food Code
    Top Ten Most Common Mistakes
    What is a Commissary and Commissary Requirements (Wake Co. Video)
    Basic Construction
    Water and Sewer Tanks
    Why an LP Gas Inspection? (Philly Explosion 2 videos)
    Where can I operate (Local and Statewide)
    Wake County Food Truck Application Process

    Tour a Food Truck and Q&A with owners
    Tips for Menu Design
    The Yellow Submarine (Individual Exercise/Class Discussion)
    Required Food Truck Equipment
    Equipment Installation (Wake Co. Video)
    New Build Versus Used
    Water Heaters and Generators
    Supplemental Cook Rooms
    Wake County Food Truck Application Process
    Design a Food Truck and Menu (Groups Activity and Class Presentation)
    Questions and Answers

    Zoning & City Requirements
    Introduction to City of Raleigh guidelines to operating a food truck, both on private property and the public right of way. Understanding who
    you need to contact within the municipality. What permits, agreements or licenses may be required for the home base of the food truck business
    and the municipalities the food truck will be operating in.
    How to determine if a property is eligible to allow the operation of a food truck. Understanding how specific Zoning districts could impact
    this .Understanding the difference between sole proprietorships, corporations, limited liability companies and general partnerships.
    Understanding the purpose, need and process to secure a N.C. Sales and Use Certificate. Understanding Insurance requirements and
    additional insured endorsements. Preparing a successful submittal package and sketch plan of the property you wish to operate on.

    Business Plan, Loans, Marketing, etc.-
    Ways to Start Your Business, Pros & Cons of Starting Your Own Business, Pros & Cons of Franchising, Developing a Business Plan,
    Capitalizing/Financing types of Legal Entities. Which legal structures is best for you, Business Insurance, Business Licenses & Permits, Accounting
    Basics & Business, Marketing & Advertising . Guest Speakers related to the Food Truck Industry

    ServSafe Certification-
    Providing Safe Food, Forms of Contamination, The Safe Food Handler, The Flow of Food An Introduction , Purchasing, Receiving, Storage,
    The Flow of Food (Preparation), The Flow of Food (Holding, Serving), Food Safety Management, Safe Facilities and Pest Management, Cleaning
    and Sanitizing. Final Exam is given on last day of class.
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
Servsafe Certification
Website URL
Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
  1. Students will be certified in proper food handling techniques as required by the Health Department
CE to CU Articulation
Text and Supplies Needed
Servsafe 7th Edition Text books with Scantrons ( Exam Sheet) .
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 90% or above
  2. Participation
  3. Class participation and successful completion of Serv Safe Certification Exam by obtaining 75% or higher grade as per the National Restaurant Association.
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Food Truck Owners & Operators, Restaurants, Small Business, Chefs,
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Food Truck Entrepreneur's and Cooks, Chefs etc.
Wake County Need for Industry Positions
Food Truck Industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the country right now . Wake County is considered the top 3 Foodie Town with the top food trucks in the country.
According to IBISWorld industry research, food trucks generate $857 million in annual revenue and employ nearly 15,000 people. The industry has grown by around 10 percent annually over the last five years and is expected to generate $2.7 billion by 2017.Overall employment of cooks is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024,
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
Related Courses
Course Contact Information
Sameer Pawa


We also can provide half- to full-day events focused on small-business training. Here are some examples of intensive training focused on small-business owners.

  • Barber & Cosmetology Business Summit 
  • Black Business Momentum
  • Hispanic Business Momentum
  • Financial Fortitude Summit