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Summer school in a food truck

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(Read caption) Cathrine Eckers passes food from a food truck to customer Crystal Seelhammer in St. Paul, Minn., on May 18, 2011. Food trucks can be good starter businesses for students with some time to fill in the summer.

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Can't find a summer job as a student? Then start a business.

That is what two students from Belmont University are doing this summer. Hayden Coleman and Ale Delgado took second place in Belmont's Baker Donelson Business Plan Competition this past spring.

The $2,000 prize helped them launch Moovers and Shakers. Their business brings together one of the hot new trends in small business, food carts and mobile food trucks, with good old fashioned soda fountain.

The beauty of food carts and mobile food trucks is the low start-up cost, as seen in this profile on the food cart boom in Portland, Oregon from Business on Main. For just a few thousand dollars aspiring restaurant entrepreneurs are able to break into the food service industry.

But even with the ease of entry, there are always a few bumps in the road for any new start-up.


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