homemade food incubator B4Our NEW Capital Partners Homemade Food Incubator Program pairs aspiring entrepreneurs with Mamita’s Kitchen & Marketplace, a local restaurant (and RISE client), to provide: hands-on training in a commercial kitchen, specialized business training, step-by-step assistance to obtain permits & licenses, micro-loans, and more – all to start your own AB 1616 Cottage Food Operation business. 

Like Capital Partners™, the Homemade Food Incubator Program is a peer-lending, micro-loan program of RISE designed to meet the credit needs of cottage food operator (CFO) businesses in the Greater Los Angeles area. The comprehensive program offers loans, business training and education, group support, and networking opportunities to food business owners and entrepreneurs with limited access to working capital. Peer-lending loan programs have assisted thousands of self-employed individuals across the United States. This Program is a replication of Working Capital, which received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Micro-Enterprise Development in 1997 and 2001. The program is the only one of its kind to target Cottage Food Operator entrepreneurs. 

How does it work?

The Homemade Food Incubator program is designed to take you step-by-step through the process of obtaining your CFO permit and necessary licenses to launch a homemade food operation business. Through our revolving credit-building micro-loan fund you have the option of easily financing all the start up costs of your business. Members will be offered paid training to obtain the California Food Handlers Card or Food Managers Certificate through our partner Bilingual Food Handlers School. For more information contact Hassan at hassan@risela.org.

Level One Entrepreneurship Training (fee $75) / Eligible to receive $500 micro-loan at 10%

Required: Introduction to the Cottage Food Operator (CFO)
Optional: Learn how to prepare a cottage food in Mamita’s Kitchen commercial kitchen in MacArthur Park (fee $15)
Required: Label-Making and Preparation for Your CFO Application
Required: Product Development and Branding
Required: Pricing and Evaluation

Level Two Entrepreneurship Training (fee $75) / Eligible to receive $1,000 micro-loan at 10%

Required: Learning Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest
Required: Food Handlers Card & Training (fee $40)
Optional: How I got into Whole Foods: Part I (fee $10)
Optional: How I got into Whole Foods: Part II (fee $10)
Optional: How I got into Whole Foods: Part III (fee $10)

Level Three Entrepreneurship Training (fee $75) / Eligible for $2,000 micro-loan at 10% and an interest-free Kiva Zip $5,000 loan

Entry into Sobremesa Marketplace

Networking opportunities with farmers markets, LA Food Policy Council and small business owners.

Level Four Entrepreneurship Training (fee $75) / Eligible for $3,000 micro-loan at 10%

Level Five Entrepreneurship Training (fee $75) / Eligible for $4,000 micro-loan at 10%

Level Six Entrepreneurship Training (fee $75) / Eligible for $5,000 micro-loan at 10%

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  1. Please send more detailed information like when, where, how. I would like to know where Mamita’s is located and who should I speak with…

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