OC MADE

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 business. Over a 4-week period, students learn about planning, marketing, financing and how to make their business dreams 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.

How to Apply:

Register through Eventbrite, answer the preliminary questions on the registration and one of our SBDC consultants will reach out to conduct a brief interview with you - 25 people will be selected for this program based on an interview process. No cost to participate in the program.

The Program

WEEK 1 | Saturday, November 2

  • 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 9

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

WEEK 3 | Saturday, November 16

  • 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 23

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

Graduation Weekend | Saturday, November 30 or Sunday, November 31

  • Market Place vendor booth for a select few on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, November 31 - 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.