Would you like to turn your unforgettable fruit empanadas or amazing baked goods into a profitable business? We’ll show you how! Have a passion for food but don’t know how to cook? No problem, we can work with you!

Cocineros Program

The Cocineros program offers you step-by-step guidance on how to start your food business from home. Learn what products qualify to be “Made in a home kitchen”, how to fund your business and take your recipes to market.

The full program which began March 29, 2018 is no longer accepting applicants, please subscribe to our newsletter here to receive updates on the next scheduled course.

This program runs from April 2nd to May 3rd, every Monday and Thursday from 6-9 pm and is offered at the Senior Center in Coachella in English and in Spanish. Offered in partnership with the City of Coachella, the County of Riverside EDA and other partners.

So What's Cocineros?

Cocineros is a five week, 12 module program,  designed to help you start your food business, fully obtain a Cottage Food Operator permit from the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, be fully licensed and insured to sell from your home. This program is offered at no cost.

Tell me more…

  • Participants who complete the full program will have the opportunity to sell their products at the Concert in the Park in the City of Coachella on May 6th.
  • You’ll work with a team of food-industry specialists with 90+ years of combined experience!
  • Participants who are residents of the City of Coachella may be eligible for micro grants up to $1,500 to jumpstart operations (conditions apply) and will have the City of Coachella Cottage Food Application fee waived ($210 value).
  • The program is a combination of training sessions, hands on product and packaging development, production cooking technical training and 1:1 consulting and more!

Free? What’s the catch?

No fee for the program, no catch, just an experienced team in your corner to help you launch your business. Although the program is offered at no cost, participants do have to pay direct costs associated with business registration related expenses, permits, packaging and labels, ingredients, marketing materials etc.

Full Program Description

This program is no longer accepting applications. Please subscribe here for updates.

(The full program began April 2nd, only participants that attended the course on March 29th were admitted into the program.)

Every Monday & Thursday April 2nd to May 3rd • 6:00PM – 9:00PM. Concert in the Park – May 6th

Modules 3 and 4 – Monday, April 2nd and Thursday April 5th • 6:00PM – 9:00PM • Coachella Senior Center
  • Building your model: learn how to understand your audience and target market and how to effectively sell to them.
  • What’s in a name?: learn how to build your brand and how to select your business name.
Modules 5 and 6 – Monday, April 9th and Thursday April 12th 
  • Business basics: learn the general how to’s for setting up your business such as permits and insurance, bookkeeping, business banking, and more.
  • Product development: an overview on how to refine your home recipes for commercial production, determine product sizes and where to get ingredients.
Modules 7 and 8  – Monday, April 16th and Thursday April 19th
  • Marketing 101: learn how to develop your logo, tagline, website and social media accounts.
  • Develop and design your label – how to communicate your brand and meet all State and Federal labeling requirements.
Modules 9 and 10 – Monday, April 23rd and Thursday April 26th
  • Packaging development: work step-by-step to develop professional packaging for your products. Process includes sizing, sourcing, branding and ordering.
  • Production cooking and scheduling: learn how to produce large volumes of products, streamline your kitchen operations and schedule your production to improve efficiency and save time.
Modules 11 and 12 – Monday, April 30th and May 3rd
  • Basic safety and sanitation: how to comply with Riverside County Department of Environmental Health regulations and prepare your home for inspection if you are applying for a Class B wholesale license. (No home inspection is required for Class A license)
  • How to operate your market booth for community events: learn how to engage customers, promote your products and decide what events are profitable for your business model.
NOTE: THE ORDER OF THESE TRAINING MODULES MAY VARY DUE TO PROCESSING TIMES FOR PERMITS, ETC. THE COCINEROS COTTAGE FOOD PROGRAM IS AN ACCELERATOR PROGRAM BUILT USING BEST PRACTICES IN INCUBATION AND ACCELERATION BY THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS INNOVATION ASSOCIATION – GLOBAL NETWORK OF ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEM BUILDERS.

About Eats

EATS is a food incubator program which fosters food industry entrepreneurship through education and training in the Inland Empire. The program offers business development support and professional experience from its leadership team to help startup and early stage food entrepreneurs launch their products into the marketplace. The SBDC Food Incubator Program focuses on four core areas to successfully incubate clients into business operators. These areas are: workshops and seminars, business and technical assistance, access to a home kitchen or a food processing spaceand access to the local food industry cluster.

Programming and consulting for the SBDC Food Incubator will begin in early 2018.

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