This series is designed for people who are eager to start or strengthen their food business. Whether it’s a restaurant, bakery, food cart, cafe or coffee house you’re dreaming of, this 4 week series will help you increase your chances of being successful and profitable. Guest speakers from the Madison restaurant community will share their experience.

Topics include:

  • Let’s talk about Money
  • What Will We Serve and What Will We Charge?
  • Rules, Regulations and Licenses
  • Location, Location, Location
  • Employees: We Can’t Do It without Them


  • Cheri Schweitzer

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Cheri Schweitzer is the President and founder of Credible Restaurant Consulting, a Midwest restaurant consultancy firm that helps restaurants improve operations and increase profits, customers and food safety. Cheri has been in the restaurant industry for over 29 years. She is a former public health inspector and now Wisconsin’s only private health inspector. She also writes and advises on HACCP plans and food related regulatory documentation, teaches food safety and restaurant operations and performs secret dining assessments. Cheri’s favorite part of her job is coaching her clients to business success.

Week 1

• Let’s Get Acquainted
• What is Your Concept?
• Why Do You Want To Do This?

Business Models-Where to Start
• Purchase existing business or Start from scratch
• Sole proprietor or partnership
• Advantages and Disadvantages 

Lifestyle implications
• Workload
• Tolerance for chaos
• Strengths and Weaknesses

Week 2

• How Do I Do It?

Start Up Financing: This May Drive Your Concept
• Conventional loan, line of credit, & alternatives 

City and State regulations
• Licenses and Permits and Certification
• Health Department inspections

Week 3

Personnel Issues
• Hiring, training & firing
• Wages and benefits
• Interviewing skills

Week 4 

Financial Projections 
Understanding your lease 
Social Media


  • Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison
  • Schedule: 6:30 - 9:00 PM
  • Dates: Wednesday Evenings  -  Fall of 2016 TBD

    Fees: $195

    Click here to Register online or Call 262-3909.


    Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $10 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-3909.


    If there is inclement weather, please call 608-263-2221 for a recorded message after 6:30 am for day classes or after 3:30 pm for night classes.