Products Into Retail: SoCal is for entrepreneurs who are interested in creating their own consumer product to sell in retail stores or online like Amazon. It's a group to connect product entrepreneurs with knowledge, to peer entrepreneurs, and resources. Since I started this group in 2017, retail has dramatically shifted to mobile so this group is about omnichannel retail, that is selling products at any point of distribution whether online, bricks and mortar, or both.
Starting January 2019, I am an advisor at the South Bay Small Business Development Center (www.SouthBaySBDC.org) and I will be working with the SBDC and El Camino College on a special project to create an artisanal food incubator program for entrepreneurs. The goal is to provide end-to-end support to assist entrepreneurs but also established and growing food businesses.
This program will be rolled out in phases as we ramp up. Gradually we will expand the incubator to beauty/healthcare and other products, but starting first with food products. The SBDC is funded by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and hosted by El Camino Community College. So through this meetup you can network with others, stay posted about the incubator program, and sign up for free SBDC classes. I am posting all the free classes held each month here on the meetup pages. Since I am super busy there won't be lots of planned events but I hope you join the meetup group and find the info useful and come out when we do an event.
I am hoping this group adds tremendous value to you as product entrepreneurs. This meetup is about helping entrepreneurs and there is no hidden agenda to cross-sell or upsell you with goods or services. The events are FREE and open to anyone with a good idea!