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.
- 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.
- 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)
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
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.
- Students will be certified in proper food handling techniques as required by the Health Department
- Attendance 90% or above
- Class participation and successful completion of Serv Safe Certification Exam by obtaining 75% or higher grade as per the National Restaurant Association.
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,
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
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