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Entrepreneurs learn how to start a food truck

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Dozens of people are crammed into a classroom. Many of them are there for the same reason.

"I've always thought a restaurant was kind of a pipe dream because of the expense involved, so when food trucks started coming out on the scene, I thought I think this is something I can do," food truck owner Laura Buchanan said.

Food trucks have emerged as an affordable way to roll into the restaurant business.

Buchanan said, "We're going to open up a pierogi truck, and we think it will do well because of the German base here in Louisville."

The city is seeing a huge influx of people hoping to jump on board.

David Oetken, of the Small Business Development Center said, "You can try different concepts in your truck that you couldn't really afford to try with a big brick and mortar restaurant."

"If you can do a lot of the work yourself, you'll save a lot of money. If you want to have it really, really fancy, it will cost you a lot of money. It's kind of like a restaurant," said Leah Stewart, owner of the Louisville Dessert Truck.

Food trucks are a relatively new concept in Louisville, bringing new laws along with it.

Stewart said, "It can be a bit of a maze at first until you learn how to navigate through the process."

There's a high demand, and people are here to help. The Louisville Small Business Center hosted a workshop for people to learn how to start a food truck.

"It's very helpful to sit in a class where you're fully focused and you have someone who knows what they're talking about tell you exactly what is needed, so I find that invaluable," Buchanan said. 

The workshop is helping people through the process. From licenses to permits, there are a lot of steps to make these dreams a reality.

"We have a tremendous appreciation for good food and food trucks are gourmet on wheels so we fit right in," Stewart said.

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