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Spring 2022 Can-Do Camp

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely

$400

Can-Do Camp is expanding! It is still a 16-week group incubation process in which you’ll learn all the necessary requirements and best practices for starting a food business…AND any other kind of business! You’ll have the opportunity to build a support network with your peers and learn from local professionals. You’ll receive essential resource guides, referrals, licensing and permit guidance, connections to local retailers, business coaches, and much more. By the end of Can-Do Camp, you’ll be ready to launch your business with a solid foundation! (NOTE: We are still determining whether this session will be held in person, virtually, or a combination of both. Stay tuned!)

Deadline to join: Friday, February 11th

$400 per business

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Date:
February 22
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
EST
Cost:
$400
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Website:
https://www.candokitchen.org/programs

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—Gregory Shelton of Grand Unique Laundry

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