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Posted on: October 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Empowering Youth Entrepreneurs Through Shaved Ice

Summit Shaved Ice

A new wave of entrepreneurship is sweeping through the Monterey Park Farmers Market as the Kaimore Shaved Ice Booth Entrepreneurship Program takes center stage.

Empowering Youth Through Entrepreneurship 
This groundbreaking initiative is shaping the futures of transition-aged youth by offering them practical work experience and entrepreneurial skills by operating a shaved ice booth. The program, recently launched as a pilot at the Monterey Park Farmers Market, aims to provide valuable real-world experience while supporting and empowering young entrepreneurs. This innovative initiative also aligns with the growing demand for unique food offerings at the Monterey Park Farmers Market. 

First Participants Take the Stage 
The program is underway, and the initial participants have already set up shop at the Summit Shaved Ice Booth. These young entrepreneurs, aged 18 and 19, are gaining firsthand experience running a booth, from setting up their station and engaging with customers to managing inventory and handling transactions. "I encourage the local community to show their support by visiting the Summit Shaved Ice booth and cheering on these budding entrepreneurs as they embark on their entrepreneurial journey," said Joseph Torres, Monterey Park Economic Development Manager. 

Fostering Skills for Success 
The Kaimore Shaved Ice Booth Entrepreneurship Program goes beyond the simple operation of a booth. By immersing participants in the day-to-day business operations, the program aims to prepare them for future employment opportunities or even launch their ventures. 

Community Support Encouraged 
The City of Monterey Park is rallying the local community to visit and support the Monterey Park Farmers Market, community members can contribute to the growth and development of these budding entrepreneurs and all participating vendors. The program offers a learning experience for the participants and strengthens the community's bonds. "Thanks for making Monterey Park so open and small business-friendly," said Joyce Lam, Executive Director of Kaimore. "It will give these two youths, currently at transitional housing, essential skills, and experience to flourish in adulthood and stay off the streets." 

Contact Information 
For more information about the Kaimore Shaved Ice Booth Entrepreneurship Program and to show your support, please contact Joyce Lam, Kaimore Executive Director, at 424-281-9029 or To learn more about Kaimore's mission to empower underserved communities, visit their website:

For further information and assistance, please contact the City of Monterey Park Economic Development Division at 626-307-1385 or econdev@

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