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. AMA runs every spring and fall. We are currently taking applications for the next AMA cohort which will begin on March 7, 2023. We are having four AMA Information Sessions live-on-Zoom every Tuesday from 6-7pm between January 17th and February 7th. We also have the option to watch the info session in a recorded, on-demand format. These Information Sessions will explain the program and how to apply. It is mandatory to attend either a live-on-Zoom info session OR complete the on-demand info session in order to apply for the program. Questions about the program can be directed to

Click the button below to RSVP for a live-on-Zoom Info Session or to sign-up and watch the on-demand info session. After completing or attending the info session, applicants can click the button below to apply for the program. We reccommend first drafting your responses in a separate document then copying and pasting them into the Google Form application. Click here for a Word document of the AMA 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 a discounted rate) at the completion of the 12-week course.


Graduates of AMA can be found selling their delicious products all over Sacramento. We’ve compiled news articles and stories about AMA graduates and have them on our AMA Graduates in the News webpage.

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.