Launching your food truck businesses course helps entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- UPDATE: Due to the weather, the food truck business course is postponed to a later date.



EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Although is hard to believe with the winter weather, but food truck season is just around the corner. If you have ever thought of starting your own food truck business in the Chippewa Valley, now is the time.

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The launching your food truck business course will take place on Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the River Prairie Center. The cost of the class is $99 and there is still time to register at the event. There will be several speakers to hear about the process of starting a food truck business.

"Food truck culture is definitely growing in Eau Claire,” Hollie Moe, an organizer of the course. As more and more locals are hitting the road for the food truck business - the university of Wisconsin-Eau Claire continuing education is hosting a course to launch your food truck business. “It’s a restaurant on wheels so restaurants always come with their own set of regulations and licensing that can be a little bit overwhelming for folks, we wanted them to be able to get all of that information in one day,” Moe said.

They are learning how to start your business from professionals in the community as well as those who own their own food truck. "Every year people tell me their favorite part of the class is actually the end of the day where we bring in current food truck owners and they get to ask them questions,” Moe added.

One of those speaking is Stephanie Schneider who attended the course in the past and now owns her own food truck. “The class really helped me because then I was able to communicate with all of the different licensing agencies about this is where I need to end up, what do I have to do to get there,” said Stephanie Schneider, who runs at food truck at her farm, Together Farms in Mondovi.

Stephanie was starting from scratch after she never thought she would own a food truck. “We looked at the option of building a new building but it was way too expensive,” Schneider added. But opening a food truck seemed like a better financial decision for her new business to sell some of the food from their Mondovi farm. "By having the food truck on the farm it was about 10 percent of the cost of building a brand new building but we get to try it out and see what happens, see if people come out, see if they like what we are doing,” Schneider said.

Each food truck is unique and one of a kind but they all start their businesses with the same process that can be difficult at times. The course is aimed at helping entrepreneurs during all stages of the process, even if you just have an idea or have already purchased a food truck.