Hillsboro Food Entrepreneurs Selected for Cocinemos Coaching
With a passion for food that’s undeniable, several Hillsboro food entrepreneurs are taking the next step to pursue their dreams of owning their own business.
The Cocinemos program, which translates to “cooking together” or “let’s cook”, helps local Latino entrepreneurs overcome linguistic, financial, and cultural barriers to successfully start and grow food-based businesses in Hillsboro.
A class of 14 food entrepreneurs graduated in April from the 10-week business course offered by local nonprofit Adelante Mujeres in partnership with the City of Hillsboro. From the graduating class, several entrepreneurs were selected to continue with coaching and development:
- Adrian Arenas, doing business as Raspa2, is selling Mexican-style shaved ice — known as “raspados” — at the Forest Grove Farmers’ Market, Portland Saturday Market, and Hillsboro Tuesday Night Market. Adrian also owns a fruit-carving business called Edible Arte.
- Jorge Burgoa, whose food is popular with friends and family, has started his own business called Garibaldi’s Catering.
- Rosa Hernandez, doing business as Kitchen Itza, is catering for private events. With support from Cocinemos, Rosa will sell her food at the Cedar Mill and Aloha farmers’ markets.
- Miguel Diego, doing business as The Cakeman, is selling his baked treats at the Forest Grove and Aloha farmers’ markets.
This is the second year for the Cocinemos program, which also provides food entrepreneurs with access to the commercial kitchen at the Hillsboro Community Senior Center to develop their recipes and prepare foods for sale.
Funding for Cocinemos and other City of Hillsboro workforce training and economic development programs comes from the Community Service Fee paid by businesses located in Hillsboro’s Enterprise Zone.