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SCF, Manatee-Sarasota Students Tour Cleveland Kitchen

(Bradenton, Fla., Nov. 21, 2017) — Seven State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) business students toured and asked questions during a Nov. 7 visit to Lakewood Ranch’s Cleveland Kitchen. Steve and Cindy Novak opened the restaurant about six months ago after two years of planning. Nancy Brown, instructor for SCF’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class, saw the visit as an opportunity for students to experience how entrepreneurs can take a dream and turn it into a viable food-service business.

The SCF students asked the Novaks how they got started, what marketing works for a “mom and pop” establishment, how they are handling current problems and if they have plans for future expansion. They also enjoyed tasting samples of Cleveland Kitchen’s featured foods such as perogies, potato pancakes and hand-rolled pretzels. “The students were very engaged and probably learned more in this event than I can teach in a semester,” said Brown.

“I would say the thing I took most from this is just how willing and eager other entrepreneurs are to help each other out,” said SCF student Matthew Haines. “Going into business doesn’t have to be something you do on your own, and it shouldn’t be. There’s a whole network of willing people to help you avoid making the mistakes that they made. For me, that was the most inspiring thing.”

SCF’s Department of Business and Technology offers associate degree and certificate programs in entrepreneurship designed to prepare students to open, manage and market their own small business. For more information, call 941-752-5281 or email brownn@SCF.edu.

SCF Introduction to Entrepreneurship students, instructor Nancy Brown and Cleveland Kitchen owners Steve and Cindy Novak.

SCF Introduction to Entrepreneurship students, instructor Nancy Brown and Cleveland Kitchen owners Steve and Cindy Novak.

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