Catalyst Kitchens Blog
Social enterprises' financial structures are not very clear cut: it is important to know where the business ends and the training program begins to inform your strategy and your funders. Find the true cost of the training program to identify opportunities for fundraising and business growth.
Invest in your community and watch your program thrive; neglect your community’s needs and watch your program struggle. Invest time and resources in these four major partnerships for your program's growth and longevity.
Foodservice has razor thin margins; add a training program and those margins become even thinner. We talk about the importance of understanding true costs and allocating training expenses to accurately calculate profits.
Culinary training positions within our training model are not for the faint of heart. On the surface it is a straightforward role: your goal is to prepare culinary students for the kitchen - how to hold a knife, work on a line, and filet a fish. However, this role takes on an entirely new face when your student population is learning how to thrive in a workplace and push past their personal barriers during the program.
It goes without saying that financial sustainability is critical to the success of social enterprise job training programs. Since our model is a complex hybrid between private enterprise and public nonprofit funding, it is important to know where one ends and the other begins. What steps can you take to ensure your food service business and job training program are sustainable and thriving?