With Love Restaurant Entrepreneurs Inquiry

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With Love Restaurateur in Residence (RiR) Inquiry


Every 6 months With Love will incubate a new Restaurateur in Residence (RiR) offering up their National or Regional Cuisine. This is your chance to get a 360-view of the restaurant business while crafting and promoting your own brand.


Here’s a few things to know before you apply

  • The Entrepreneur will automatically enroll in our Food Service Management (FSM) course.  Tuition and materials are covered at no cost to the student.
  • Residencies run January-June and July-December.
  • Expect to commit 25 hours per week, both day and night shifts.
  • Expect both classroom time (20%) and hands-on learning (80%), the latter of which will begin with waiting tables and quickly advance to managing our small dining room.  
  • The Entrepreneur will work with our Workforce Educators to develop a menu.  Bring recipes and ideas; at times we’ll need to modify dishes to meet the educational needs of our Line Cook Students.
  • The Entrepreneur will be paid a monthly stipend.  This is intended to ‘buy back’ a good portion of your time each week so you can focus on building a business plan.
  • Finally, the Entrepreneur should come here to share, to teach, but also to learn.  This works best when viewed as a collaboration, sharing culture, best practices and common industry protocols.
Selection Process, Entrepreneur in Residence:
  • An information session will be held in late April at 435 N Salina St.  Representatives from With Love, SBDC & CenterState CEO will describe the program & wraparound business development supports.  Fill out the form below and we'll let you know as to session date and time.  Attendance is highly recommended. 
  • Interested candidates will be contacted for an interview the week of April 30.  Candidates should come prepared with a: 
    • Clear, brief description of their proposed food business
    • Printed recipes (can be your own or taken from the internet and cookbooks)
    • Basic business plan (1 page is sufficient, but it should speak to concept, financial needs & proposed timeline for opening)
  • Candidates will be interviewed & evaluated on 7 criteria: Cuisine, Communication, Leadership, Availability, Time Management, Financial Awareness & Commitment.
  • Committee will decide on EIR by June 1. All candidates will be notified by email.
  • Entrepreneur in Residence's tenure will run from July 1 - December 22, 2018.
Want to learn more?  Fill out the form below and we'll get right back to you!

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