Microenterprise Training Program Application Fall 2017
Thank you for your interest in applying to the Microenterprise Training Program (MTP) offered by Crossroads Community Food Network. MTP is a 10-week, 30-hour course in food business start-up, food safety, and fundamentals of micro-entrepreneurship.

Please note: This application is for individuals who have a strong interest in becoming a food entrepreneur or currently own a food business! Completion of the MTP is a requirement before you can apply to rent space at the Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen.

HOW TO APPLY to the Microenterprise Training Program Fall 2017 (English):
* * * MTP will be offered in Spanish this Winter 2017/Spring 2018 - Stay tuned! * * *

Step 1: COMPLETE and submit your application online OR print and mail to Crossroads Community Food Network, Attn: Kitchen Manager, 6930 Carroll Ave, Suite 426, Takoma Park, MD 20912

DEADLINE: All applications must be submitted by August 14th.

Step 2: ATTEND a MTP APPLICATION WORKSHOP (optional) to learn more about the requirements, curriculum, schedule, and opportunity to ask questions. We will send out a separate invitation with dates, times and more details.

Step 3: INTERVIEW with Kitchen Manager and Crossroads Representative. Please Note: Not all applicants will be accepted to the MTP training. Only those who meet all the criteria and requirements will be selected as a candidate and invited for an interview.

To qualify for the Microenterprise Training Program, you should:
- Have a viable, ready-to-market food product or food service, OR clearly defined food business idea
- Have an entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm, and persistence

Students are required to:
- Attend all classes and complete a business plan by the end of the program
- Have a good command of both written and spoken English
- Have basic computer skills for writing and online research

The MTP training starts on September 7th and follows this class schedule:
September 7th Thursday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
September 9th Saturday 9:30am – 12:30pm
September 14th Thursday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
September 21st Thursday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
September 28th Thursday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
October 5th Thursday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
October 12th Thursday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
October 19th Thursday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
October 21st Saturday 9:30am – 12:30pm
October 26th Thursday 1:30pm – 4:30pm

The total value of the program is $500 per individual and is largely covered by donations and grants. Because of this Crossroads is able to offer MTP as a FREE economic initiative. There is a minimal cost for each participant to pay for the ServSafe certification $50 and Allergen Awareness $25 certification.

Upon graduation from MTP, students have the opportunity to apply to rent space at The Takoma Park Silver Spring Community Kitchen (TPSSCK). Graduation from the MTP program does not guarantee kitchen admission.

Recognizing that many small-scale food business entrepreneurs have limited capital to invest in their own production facilities, and rental costs at other kitchens may be prohibitive — especially for low-income producers. TPSSCK is an affordable, licensed kitchen facility available to aspiring food entrepreneurs to become established in the market.

To learn more about this project please visit:

Our Microenterprise Training Program connects potential food business entrepreneurs with community resources, mentorship, and skill development - further improving community food security by bringing more affordably priced foods into the local market.

To learn more about the program visit:

Contact us at kitchen@crossroadscommunityfoodnetwork.org

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