Alchemist microenterprise academy (AMA)

Are you an existing food business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Help us assess community needs by taking a brief survey. Your responses will help us determine what services we can offer to support. We will also add you to a contact list for potential resources as they are developed. Thank you for your participation!

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. Due to COVID-19, the Fall 2020 cohort will be 100% online.

The next cohort will begin on September 1, 2020, applications are now being accepted. Before applying it is mandatory to attend an online information session. You can RSVP for an info session at  To apply, click the button below. We recommend drafting your answers in a separate document and copying and pasting them into the application. Click here to download a Word document of the application questions.

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. 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 Alchemist Kitchen page.