Alchemist Microenterprise Academy (AMA) Application
Thank you for your interest in applying to Alchemist Microenterprise Academy (AMA)! AMA is a 10-week business training course designed to make sense of the confusing aspects of starting a food business. AMA serves aspiring food entrepreneurs from low-income populations or under-resourced communities. Not all applicants will be accepted. Qualified candidates must demonstrate compelling interest in becoming a food entrepreneur or improving or expanding an existing startup food business.

The cost to participate in the program is $200/business (includes up to 2 persons, additional persons can be added at $100/person). Program fee due upon acceptance, before the first session. Limited scholarships are available to people living in the following zip codes: 95817, 95820, 95824, 95828. For scholarship information, contact or calling 559-259-5465.

Before submitting an application it is MANDATORY to attend one AMA Information Session. The sessions will be held at the Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative (4625 44th Street, Sacramento, CA 95820) on:
Monday, March 25 from 6:00-7:00pm
Saturday, March 30 from 10:00-11:00am
Wednesday, April 3 from 6:00-7:00pm
Monday, April 22 from 6:00-7:00pm
Wednesday, May 1 from 6:00-7:00pm
Monday, May 6 from 6:00-7:00pm
Friday, May 10 6:00-7:00pm
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AMA Schedule:
Mondays from 6:00pm-8:30pm at Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative (4625 44th Street, Sacramento, CA 95820)
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5
*Subject to change. 80% attendance is required to complete and graduate from AMA.

Businesses in AMA will also be able to receive ServSafe Manager Training and Certification for an additional $125 fee. Date and time of training to be announced.
The last day to submit applications is Sunday, May 12 by 11:59am PST.

*Note there is not a way to save and finish application later. You may wish to draft your answers in a separate document and paste them into the form below.

We will ask you to share some personal information to be able to determine the impact of the program on its participants once they are admitted and for grant reporting requirements. The information you share with us will remain strictly confidential (we will never identify you by name or share your personal information without your signed permission).

Personal Information
First Name *
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Middle Name
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Last Name(s) *
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Mailing Address *
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City *
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Zip Code *
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Phone Number *
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Email Address *
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Business Website (if developed)
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Primary Language *
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Do you meet the HUD Qualifications for Low Income (listed below) *
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Business Information
Name of Food Business (if developed)
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Type of Food Business (select all that apply) *
Please describe what food product(s) your business makes *
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Please mark the current status of your business *
Narrative Quesitons
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Please describe why you are interested in starting or have started a food business. *
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Please describe what actions you have taken toward pursuing your business. *
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Please describe what hurdles or barriers you have faced trying to launch a food business. *
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Where do you see your business in the near-term (1-5 years)? *
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What is the long-term (5+ years) vision for your business? *
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What are you hoping to gain from this program? *
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Which AMA Informational Session did you attend? (Choose one) *It is mandatory to attend one AMA Informational Session. *
Where did you hear about Alchemist Microenterprise Academy? *
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