FCC, City of Frederick & Frederick County Partner on Free Food Business Entrepreneurship Program


dr. Annesa Payne Cheek, President of FCC says “The City of Frederick and Frederick County are popular “foodie” destinations, and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs in the food business will help the local food scene continue to flourish and grow, which benefits our entire community.”

Frederick Community College (FCC) is partnering with The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development and the Frederick County Office of Economic Development to offer a free Food Business Entrepreneurship Program.

The program covers various concepts in entrepreneurship and food service management and prepares participants to plan, start, and operate a food service business. Instructors from the FCC Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute will cover topics such as front and back of house operations, financial management, marketing and sales, regulatory requirements, sanitation and food safety, kitchen skills, and more.

“We are thrilled to launch this exciting new program and we thank The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development and the Frederick County Office of Economic Development for financially supporting it so that participants can get this training free of charge,” said Dr. Annesa Payne Cheek, President of FCC. “The City of Frederick and Frederick County are popular “foodie” destinations, and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs in the food business will help the local food scene continue to flourish and grow, which benefits our entire community.”

The program will culminate in a pitch competition, where participants can showcase their new business concepts to local industry and financial community partners for the opportunity to win monetary awards and/or customized mentorships.

Forty applicants were selected to participate in this inaugural program, which will meet weekly from October to April. All class costs are covered by The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development and the Frederick County Office of Economic Development.

Plans are underway to offer a second running of this program in 2023 based on demonstrated interest. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to fill out the Food Business Entrepreneurship Program Interest Form.

If you have questions, you may contact Shela Stewart at sstewart@frederick.edu or 240-629-7912.

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