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A Queens-Based Incubator for Food Entrepreneurs

Jamaica Food Entrepreneurship and Services Training Space (FEASTS) is a FREE incubator for aspiring food entrepreneurs. The program was created to provide resources to those who are looking to start and run their own food business. Learn the fundamentals of the food business with our hands-on workshops, access to a commercial kitchen at the Queens Library Café, and a one-on-one session with industry experts. The program is the only one of its kind in Queens.

Workshops will cover a range of topics, including: financial planning, marketing, and food industry best practices.

Jamaica FEASTS is ideal for neighborhood cooks who want to expand their experience, new Americans looking to start a business, recent culinary graduates who want to learn the business side of the food world, and many more.

Register for Jamaica FEASTS

Download Your Application

Submit your completed application in 2 ways:

➊ Email

Morgan.Earle@queenslibrary.org

➋ Drop off

Job & Business Academy at Central Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11432

Registration deadline is April 14, 2017 at 5pm.

OR call 718-990-0895

Attend an Information Session
Thursday, April 13 @ 7pm
Central Library (89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica)
Learn more about application requirements,
aspects of the program and expected outcomes.

Workshop Topics
Lessons subject to change at instructors discretion.

  • Creating a Business Plan and Goal Setting
  • Time Management, Menu Planning and Pricing
  • Finance, Budget, Accounting
  • Laws, Licensing and Real Estate
  • Marketing
  • Technology and Social Media; Customer Service
  • Mid-Cohort Business Presentations and Feedback
  • Inventory, Kitchen and BOH Management
  • Food Safety Recap
  • Human Resources, Hiring and Contracting
  • Innovative Business Models
  • Final Business Presentations

In addition to these workshops, participants will have access to an on-site commercial kitchen at the Central Library to test recipes and menus, as well as the opportunity to sell their wares in the accompanying retail space. Students will also have one-on-one sessions with specialists in the food industry to discuss their ambitions and experiences in depth.

This program was made possible through a partnership with