On Monday, March 14th, in partnership with CNY Latino and with support from CenterState CEO, we co-hosted our first event in Syracuse: The CNY Latino Seminar for Food Industry Entrepreneurs!
With more than 55 registered guests and 60+ attendees, the event was more than a success—it was an inspiration to turn the seminar into a series that will continue to provide training and resources for existing and future business owners in this field.
Our event featured a series of 15-min workshops and resource overviews from organizations and programs like the Up Start Business Development Program, U.S. Small Business Administration, The Department of Neighborhood and Business Development - Syracuse, Mohawk Valley Community College, Occupational Safety and Health Administration - Syracuse, Office of the State Comptroller, and Coopeprative Federal Credit Union. Each of the short sessions covered key aspects of starting and running a successful food-based business; from ideation to funding, to insurance, staffing and operations, regulations and setting up an appropriate business structure.
After the workshops program, a panel of experts titled "Launching a Unique Food-Based Idea" included the owners of Ole Ole Restaurant, Mami's Food Truck, and the new and exciting restaurant incubator, Pen Pal. Over a delicious dinner prepared by Black Olive restaurant, where the event was held, panelists shared information, tips and tricks based on their experience as successful local restauranteurs. To contact the presenters or panelists with follow-ups or requests for information, click here.
More To Come!
We are currently compiling all the presentations and handouts distributed or shared at the seminar and will post them here over the coming week. Please stay tuned!