Kitchen Connects GSO Helps Small Food Businesses

Kitchen Connects GSO Helps Small Food Businesses

GREENSBORO, NC -- A new Greensboro program wants to help small food businesses turn in to big businesses!

It's called Kitchen Connects Greensboro! Angie Johnson with the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market and Amanda Cox Lucas with Wolf Daddy Pimento Cheese joined Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show to talk about it.

The program's goal is to promote local foods and small food businesses. Through a USDA grant and partnership with the Farmer's Curb Market, the Out of the Garden Project, and Guilford County Cooperative Extension, they're able to remove some financial and support barriers from people who want to start own businesses. Participants will get to take business classes like accounting, marketing, and merchandising. Then they can get access to a shared use kitchen up to three times and can sell at the market up to three times for no additional cost or application. 

Amanda and her husband own Wolf Daddy Pimento Cheese and have been participating in the program. They say they've gotten lots out of the program so far. They've especially enjoyed taking advantage of the large kitchen space, as it's allowed them to buy and use their own refrigerator and use a commercial mixer in one place. She says it's been a huge game changer.

If people want to come out and support these businesses, they can do so this weekend and certain Saturdays this summer! Program participants will have booths at the Farmers Curb Market Saturday, June 24th from 7:00 am - Noon and on other specially designated days.

If you, or someone you know, has a food-based business that would qualify for the program, the next application period is from August 1-30 th. The program can accept up to 15 people. Applications will go live on August 1. 

 

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