Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM CST
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James E. Guinn Complex
1150 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76104

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Jenny Day, SCORE Workshop Coordinator
Fort Worth - Chapter 120

Opening a Restaurant, Food Truck or Pop-Up: Which One is Right for Me? 

Opening a new restaurant, food truck or pop-up can seem daunting at first. There are many different things to consider, from choosing the right location, finding financing, to selecting the right name and buying equipment. This class will help you get started and find out which option is right for you.

This workshop will cover: 

  • What makes  a business successful and what do customers look for?
  • The importance of creating a business plan.
  • The biggest obstacle to opening a business 
  • How to find the best places 
  • How to request the correct licenses and permits 
  • Should you buy or rent the equipment? 
  • How to get and retain managers and employees 
  • "Nonprofit" does not mean "no profit." Can my business be a "non-profit" organization? 
  • Are grants available? 


Workshop Fee $99


Presented by Greg Kalina and Al Cordova and Erika Hersh with PeopleFund

Greg Kalina is a certified SCORE mentor and volunteer. He speaks from many years of experience not from theory. He has owned or operated food trucks, trailers and push carts. He has owned and worked for large corporations opening and operating restaurants, bakeries, and the new phenomenon Pop Up restaurants. He is current in food service operations, fads and trends.

 Greg will teach you the one most important thing HOW TO MAKE MONEY..

Al Cordova is a certified SCORE mentor and volunteer. He has 38 years of experience in healthcare management. He held executive level positions in hospitals, clinics, and health systems. In one of his past positions he served as Senior VP at John Peter Smith, in charge of their community health centers. In his last two positions he served as CEO for two large health systems. He has experience in setting up new medical, dental, behavioral health clinics, imaging centers, pharmacies, laboratories, and other medical services. Al also set up a self-owned successful import business that involved importing exotic fruits from Latin America into the California market. He has a Master and Doctorate degree in healthcare administration. 

Erika Hersh joined the PeopleFund team in 2012 and currently serves as the regional lending manager for Dallas/Fort Worth. She is responsible for creating partnerships throughout the North Texas footprint and assists clients throughout the loan process.  Her diverse background includes experience in lending, grant writing, community outreach, and business assistance & education. She is proud to serve on the American Heart Association Circle of Red committee and is an officer in the Burleson Chamber Power of Heels committee.  She is also Head Judge for the City of Fort Worth Business Plan Competition. Erika was awarded Top 400 Most Influential People in 2018 and 2019 by Fort Worth Inc. magazine. Her passion is to help entrepreneurs realize their full potential.

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Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel you must notify us via email 7 days prior to the workshop date. A confirmation of your cancellation will be sent once it is received. Calling the SCORE Fort Worth office is not acceptable for a cancellation notice. All no-shows or cancellations after 7 days will lose their paid workshop fees.

All workshop fees must be paid in advance prior to workshop date. For security purposes we will not be able to accept payment for workshops at the door unless workshop is being held at James E. Guinn complex in Fort Worth, TX.

CANCELLATION NOTICES MUST BE IN WRITING AND EMAILED to: Jenny Day at scorefw@gmail.com. Any other means of cancellation will not be accepted.

SCORE is a resource partner with the SBA

SCORE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years. Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 10,000 volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.