YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Arizona Western College (AWC) teamed up with the Local First Arizona Foundation to provide aspiring food entrepreneurs a unique opportunity.
Accordingly, the exciting opportunity was growing their food business through a Restaurant Startup Boot Camp.
Simultaneously, participants enrolled in the first two cohorts of the new Yuma Food Business Incubator pilot program at no cost.
This was thanks to a $145,000 grant from the Arizona Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and institutional funding.
Furthermore, seven students enrolled in the first cohort while five more students enrolled in the second cohort.
“By providing a low-cost, full-service kitchen space, we eliminate the need for small businesses to take on the debt of purchasing expensive equipment or signing a long-term lease," said Reetika Dhawan, Vice President for Workforce Development and Career and Technical Education
Additionally, "Instead, culinary entrepreneurs can focus on building a sustainable and profitable business.”
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