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Food Business Resources

Community Resources

Getting Started Guide for MCPL’s Culinary Incubator Program

For businesses looking to start and grow their business at the MCPL Culinary Center, this guide will help link to resources, licenses, and permits needed to launch. 

Square One Small Business

MCPL's Square One Small Business Services has your entrepreneurial interests covered! Find out more about our free resources and what we can do for you.

Contact the Square One team:


KCSourceLink aggregates all the non-profit resources dedicated to helping small businesses. Connect to organizations, groups, classes, events, and opportunities through their website or call their free hotline. 


Online Resources

Gale Courses

Take the online course "Secrets of the Caterer" to turn your food business ideas into an actionable plan. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

Learning Express Library

Find practice tests to prepare for Culinary Arts or Food Handler Certification.

LinkedIn Learning for Library

Discover how to take your business to the level with online courses in food photography and restaurant design.

O'Reilly for Public Libraries

Find business plans, directories, recommended resources and articles on the food and beverage industry.

Udemy Business

Discover the building blocks for success in "The Ultimate Food and Restaurant Business Course."

Universal Class

Learn the essentials of catering, bartending and mixology in self-paced, instructor-led online classes.

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