June 24, 2024


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Food truck boot camp offered by Farmington Women’s Business Center

  • “Truckin’ It: Food Tuck Bootcamp” will be held at 5:30 p.m. March 9, 16, 23 and 30.
  • The course will be led by Dawn Facka.
  • Sign up for the class by visiting wesst.org or by calling 505-566-3715.

FARMINGTON — While she encourages anyone with an interest to take part, Dawn Facka is hopeful the free four-week virtual class on operating a food truck that she is leading in March as part of the Farmington Women’s Business Center is something that finds an audience of women.

“I have not seen a lot of women doing that,” said Facka, the regional manager of the non-profit group WESST, referring to entrepreneurs who start their own restaurant business in the form of a mobile operation.

“We’ve had a lot of interest from women, but right now, my perception is it’s pretty much a male-dominated industry in town,” Facka said.

The reasons for that are simple, she said.

“I don’t think they realize the availability and options to do so — as well as the support to do so. They think the support system is lacking. But at WESST, we offer the services to help them become successful,” she said.

WESST is a statewide nonprofit organization that focuses on small business development. The Farmington Women’s Business Center is an offshoot of WESST and its training programs are aimed primarily at women.

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The Taco City Food Truck is parked outside the Lauter Haus Brewing Company on Feb. 22, 2022. The Farmington Women's Business Center will offer a four-week course on the basics of food truck operation in March.

Any woman interested in operating her own business should give the food truck industry some thought, Facka said, explaining it’s a field that presents relatively few complications and many potential rewards.

“It’s a great way for women to supplement the family income and get a leg up,” she said. ” … The nice thing about the food truck industry is, it doesn’t take a lot of money to start up and run. And we offer a microlending program that can help them.”

Getting into the food truck business is something that can be done with a minimum of financial risk, she said.

Dawn Facka

“If you’re looking at a coffee truck or a hamburger stand, it can be done for under $10,000, while a restaurant would cost at least $100,000,” she said. “Plus, the business is mobile, so you can take it from place to place.”

Facka also believes the timing is especially good for food truck operators, noting that the Farmington market is underserved.