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. We have a cohort of AMA each spring and fall. The next cohort will begin in March 2024 and we will be taking applications in January/February. Click the button below to fill out the interest form and we will contact you when we are going to begin our next cohort. Questions about the program can be directed to

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.