La Cocina is a ground-breaking business incubator designed to reduce the obstacles that often prevent entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses. By providing shared resources and an array of industry-specific services, business incubators ensure small businesses can succeed. La Cocina follows this model by providing commercial kitchen space and technical assistance focusing on low-income women and immigrant entrepreneurs who are launching, growing and formalizing food businesses.
All prospective applicants to La Cocina’s Business Incubator must have a complete business plan.
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Business Incubator: Accepted applicants begin in pre-incubation, a 6-month period where program participants receive technical assistance to establish the foundations of their business in the areas of Product, Marketing, Finances, and Operations.
Participants whose first 6 months have been successful move into incubation and continue to receive technical assistance and also have access to affordable commercial kitchen space to increase their businesses’ sales for 1-5 years. Graduates continue to access services and become part of the team of mentors working with incubator entrepreneurs.
Food Industry Focused Business Workshops: La Cocina offers workshops in various subject areas that are open to the public. Free to incubator participants and SFEDA clients using the code: PARTNER
Cost for Services: There is a monthly program fee for incubator participants. Additionally, kitchen rental and dry/refrigerated/frozen storage is charged depending on monthly use. Workshops are open to the public at a low cost but are free to incubator participants and any person participating in the program of a partner nonprofit.
Target Client Profile
La Cocina works only with low-income entrepreneurs (by HUD standards) and we focus primarily on women from communities of color and immigrant communities. Prospective applicants must be driven entrepreneurs who have a completed business plan for a food business that they are ready to launch, formalize, or grow.
All applicants begin by attending a free, bilingual orientation session. Orientations are offered the first Wednesday of every other month from 6-8pm at La Cocina. Sign up online at www.lacocinasf.org.
Contact: Daniella Sawaya
Phone: (415) 824-2729, ext. 303