Pace News – Friday July 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES—On last Saturday, July 20 a group of collaborative partners came together in the parking lot of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist showcase a new idea in starting a small business.
It was the first Food Truck Business Expo. This event was attended by hundred from the neighborhood and from those outside who had heard about the special opportunity to start a business with a truck and the drive to work for yourself.
The collaborative partnership between the Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC), Union Bank, The 9th Council District, The City of Los Angeles Business Source Center, and Kareem Carts Commissary and Manufacturing came together to assist those whose desire is to start a food truck business.
Kareem spoke to the anticipated crowd under the tent and told them about how he started out with little money and has grown today to a successful manufacturing business that remained in South Central. He told the audience that he will help them start their business and if they decide not to keep the truck the business owner can sale it back to him.
K a r e e m ’ s b u s i n e s s motto is: Your own business, your own profits, your own hours and your own boss. Chef Jerry Bachon, the culinary professor at Los Angeles T r a d e T e c h n i c a l C o l l e g e (LATTC), talked about how the food business can include so many avenues. He said you can be a chef, you can work in your business on a food truck and the culinary business is so broad.
Many of his students were at the expo to learn about how to start their own business. Eric Warren, one if his students has gone on to become a successful chef and has been featured on the Food Network, the Oprah Winfrey Show, selected as Top 10 Culinary in the Country in 2011. He is also enrolled in the VSEDC food training classes held weekly. Gary Duplessis is a LATTC graduate and is a chef at Harold and Belle restaurant. The County of Los Angeles Health Department participated and gave out pertinent in- formation to help food truck vendors and owners stay within compliance. They had a booth avail-
able for anyone who wanted to ask questions. Dr. Rosie Milligan and her husband took advantage of the opportunity to have an alter-native plan of doing business. They took a tour of various trucks to see what they had to offer. During the event which was geared toward the family gave out free hot dogs, chips and cold drinks.
Newly elected City Council-member Curren Price was also in attendance to greet and welcome all who came out to the Food Truck Business Expo to prepare to start their business literary while rolling along the way from neighborhood to neighborhood. For information about how to start your food truck business call VSEDC at 323 789 4515.