Culinary Business Innovation Certificate

Has anyone ever told you that you should start your own business? Do you want to be your own boss with a restaurant, bakery, catering business or a food truck? Are you passionate about an idea? Join other passionate people who have the same drive and bring your idea to reality.

You’ve always wanted to run your own business. Perhaps you are cooking for your family, friends, and customers and they are encouraging you to start your own business. The Certificate in Culinary Business Innovation will prepare you for the steps you need to make your goal a reality. You will learn about what it takes to build a strong foundation for a successful business or expand your new one. Learn how to motivate people and to drive them towards one goal-customer satisfaction. Enjoy small and affordable classes that are local and easily accessible, taught by some actual entrepreneurs. Start working on growing your own business now!


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  • MAT 103 or ACC 121 Business Math or Principles of Accounting I 3
  • CAI 115 or HMT 204 or HMT 116 Food Sanitation and Culinary Principles or Fundamentals of Wine and Food or Restaurant Operations Management I  3 credits
  • HMT 104 Culinary for Hospitality 3 credits
  • HMT 111 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 credits
  • ENG 101 College Composition I 3 credits

Total Semester Credits 15  

  • HMT 202 Innovation, Creativity, and Marketing 3 credits
  • ENG 102 or ENG 103 or ENG 115 or ENG 211 College Composition II (Bus. or Cul. variation) or Technical Report Writing or Writing for Emerging Media or Business Communications 3 credits
  • HMT 210 Hospitality Law 3 credits
  • CAI 223 Food, Beverage, Labor Cost Control 3 credits
  • ENG 112 Speech 3 credits

Total Semester Credits 15

Total Certificate Credits 30

Student Testimonial

Tatiana Rodriquez
HCCC prepared me to succeed in life and with my own pastry business. I now have the boost that I needed over my competition.
Tatiana Muguerza
Culinary Arts student


Why are we your first choice for Entrepreneurship? 

You will become a student of a hospitality professional or successful entrepreneur, who will best prepare you for successfully bringing your idea beyond its beginning stages.


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Are you thinking of transferring or continuing towards your AAS in Hospitality Management-Entrepreneurship Option?

With the approval of the Associate Dean for Business, Culinary, and Hospitality Management, all courses within the Culinary Business Innovation Certificate can be used towards completing your AAS Hospitality Management-Entrepreneurship Option.



We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Use one of the links below to start your journey at HCCC!

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Contact Information

Marissa P. Lontoc
Instructor and Coordinator, Culinary Arts Programs

161 Newkirk Street - Room 204A
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4643

School of Business, Culinary Arts, and Hospitality Management
161 Newkirk Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4630