Alchemist microenterprise academy (AMA)

Alchemist Microenterprise Academy is a 12-week business training course. AMA is designed to make sense of the confusing aspects of starting a food business.

The next cohort will begin on March 3, 2020. Applications are now being accepted. Before submitting an application, it is mandatory to attend an information session (see below).  Use the button below to apply or click here to download a PDF version of the application.

Information sessions will be held on:
Tuesday, January 7 from 6:00-7:00pm
Saturday, January 11 from 1:00-2:00pm
Tuesday, January 14 from 6:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, January 21 from 6:00-7:00pm
Saturday, January 25 from 1:00-2:00pm
Tuesday, January 28 from 6:00-7:00pm
Tuesday, February 4 from 6:00-7:00pm

All information sessions will be held at the Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative in Room 11 (4625 44th Street, Room 11, Sacramento, CA 95820). RSVP for an information session at!


In AMA, participants will learn:

  • How to develop a Business Plan
  • Types of Food-based Businesses
  • Overview of Business Structures
  • Financial Literacy and How to Access Capital
  • How to Navigate Permits
  • Human Resources and Legal considerations
  • Food Safety
  • Product Development
  • Product Pricing
  • Marketing
  • And more!
Click here for a sample course outline from the pilot program. Participants will have the option to test for the ServSafe Food Manager certification at the completion of the 12-week course.

We completed our pilot cohort of AMA in August 2019. Watch some of the businesses from our inaugural graduating AMA cohort highlighted on Studio 40 Live:
Side Hustle Pizza/Table Bread/Breakin’ Bread Project
Penny Produce/Culinary Mantra
Lizzy’s Bakehouse/’Ono Pono/Lee’s Nut’zzs

Graduates of AMA are invited to apply to the Incubator Program and continue developing their business with customized resources. Click here to return to the main Alchemy Kitchen page.