OC MADE is a program aimed at assisting start-up businesses with entering the Orange County Market Place to validate their concept. Students will learn core concepts to create a successful Market Place business. Over a 4-week period, students will learn about planning, marketing, financing and bringing their dreams into a reality. This quick-paced program will accelerate your concept in just a few short weeks and give you the ability to operate an O.C. Market Place vendor booth.

The Program

WEEK 1 | Saturday, October 27

  • Developing your product for the Market Place
  • Building your idea into a business
  • Market Place requirements
  • Licenses and permits to operate at the Market Place
  • Market research

WEEK 2 | Saturday, November 3

  • Sourcing, costing and pricing your products
  • Financial projections
  • Walking the Market Place
  • Presentation from a current Market Place vendor

WEEK 3 | Saturday, November 10

  • Developing your marketing plan
  • Understanding social media and how to attract customers/repeat customers
  • Finance and funding
  • Accepting payment at the Market Place

WEEK 4 | Saturday, November 17

  • Setting up your Market Place booth
  • Signage and promotion
  • OC Market forms, policies, and procedures
  • Graduation/certificate ceremony

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY & SUNDAY | Saturday, November 24 & Sunday, November 25

  • Market Place vendor booth for a select few on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25. Small Business Weekend attracts around 5,000-10,000 people during this weekend making it a perfect opportunity to showcase your business.

Cost: Free but space is limited and based-on business readiness. Up to 25 people will be selected based on an interview process.

Enter Gate 2 or Gate 10 for free parking.


Click the button below to register for the first workshop series. Additional workshop series to come soon!