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This a really nice web site put together by Off the Grid to share with aspiring entrepreneurs of all sizes. It includes a number of resources including information about regulations and permitting both on a city and statewide level.
I love this and hits home why things like La Cocina are so important.
"Minnie Bell’s is run by chef Fernay McPherson, who named the company after her great aunt (Minnie) and her late grandmother (Lillie Bell). Born and raised in the Fillmore, McPherson graduated from culinary school in 2008, after which she launched Minnie Bell’s as a catering service. Now, after having completed an incubator program at La Cocina, She’s ready to take Minnie Bell’s to the next level.
That means selling soul food creations like gumbo, smothered tri tip sandwiches, smoked molasses BBQ fried chicken wings, mac and cheese, and sweet cornbread muffins. The food will be prepped daily in a commercial kitchen, then sold out of the company’s trailer at the SOMA StrEat Food Park and right here at the Proxy Project."
On Saturday, August 17th, admission to the Street Food Festival is free and an added donation to La Cocina’s programming is encouraged. All food at the event, whether at State Bird Provisions booth or at the local tamale-maker’s tent, will be priced the same at $3 for small bites, $3 for a handmade drink, and $8 for a larger plate. Attendees may purchase a passport before the event, the culinary ticket to all-nommage-streetfood, ranging in price from $30 to $225, to save time and money during the event.
Buy a Passport in Advance and Save Money & Time! Passport dollars can be spent on food, drinks, or both (you can divvy them up however you want). Single passports can be shared between friends, family, neighbors, and strangers.
You can pick up your Passport on the day of the event starting at 10 a.m.! The pick up location will be announced shortly.
I wish we could somehow connect small business infrastructure to dedicated people like this:
"Every year, hundreds if not thousands of hopefuls show up to fill out applications to become an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers apprentice "inside wireman." The long road to a good-paying job with solid benefits starts with a long line. Guillermo Chacon should know: He showed up at 1 a.m. this morning to be the first through the gates when they open at 1 p.m.
And this is not the first time he has done so.
Chacon has arrived in the predawn hours each of the last three years; this stint at the head of the line was not his first. The 39-year-old married father of three has thrice filled out the application and thrice taken the entry exam. Today will be his fourth go-round. "I've been studying hard so I can test high," he says. "I think I've been close. But not close enough."
In certain parts of San Francisco, a line of bleary-eyed people in tailgating chairs blinking in the morning sunlight is...
La Cocina is the organization I'm aware of that's been having this specific positive impact—and one which often winds up elsewhere in the city being a reputation booster for the Mission as the place from which good things come. If other people can recommend more incubators like it, I'm all for spreading the love, but barring that, I think we help strengthen what we know is working at La Cocina.
Just to clarify, would you like to see this money donated to La Cocina, or to see another organization like that started?
And if another org, what should it focus on?