Graduation Ceremony Pics: 10th Street Vendors

Meet some of the graduates of the Susu Cultural Business Incubator Vendor Certification Program in Tenth Street Historic District. Graduates completed well over 20 hours of business training in March/April 2014.  Participants received certificates and graduates were gifted an TENTH STREET VENDOR Apron.  The ceremony was followed by a pop-up market at Benny’s Island.

Graduation Ceremony at Lundy Recreation Center May 31, 2014; Oak Cliff, Texas

Read more about the bcWorkshop Activating Vacancy Project  >>HERE<<


Video: Susu Hosts CANTOINETTE Studios


March 22, 2014 Vendor Certification Training welcomed a guest presentation from Chesley of CANTOINETTE studios. Chesley shared her journey to opening her mobile store and wearable art gallery, gave the class mobile vending tips and talked about her sustainable business values. The love was flowing in this inspirational outdoor session. After our 2-hour work session at Lundy Recreation Center, the class posted up at Benny Walker’s recycled playground and workshop for the presentation. This day brought a special treat with Michael Benjamin bringing home brewed kombucha from his start-up company. (You will notice everyone has a cup!) A beautiful day indeed! Enjoy the video and be encouraged to start your business and build your community! Feel free to leave a comment. Upcoming Events Tenth Street Neighborhood Market APRIL 26, 2014 for more info: *funded by bcWorkshop Activating Vacancy

SPRING 2014: Vendor Certification and Pop Up Market Collaboration!

We at the Susu Cultural Business Incubator are so excited to announce that we are facilitating a Vendor Certification Training Program for the residents of the Tenth Street Historic District in Oak Cliff, TX.  Vendors will participate in a pop-up market at Show Hill Biz Park on East 8th Street on April 26!  The vendor certification is a part of a big beautiful project called Activating Vacancy curated by bcWorkshop.  Activating Vacancy has 5 interactive neighborhood projects happening this spring.

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from the bcWORKSHOP website:

What is Activating Vacancy? : Activating Vacancy is a bcWorkshop project that explores how design and art can re-imagine the forgotten or neglected spaces in the Tenth Street community as part of a dialogue about what the neighborhood is, was, and could be.


bcWORKSHOP, a Dallas-based community design center, in partnership with the Dallas CityDesign Studio will be developing a policy framework and guide for future development for the historic district. Based on this partnership, Activating Vacancy will be part of a unique environment where art can influence, not respond to, policy creation.  bcWORKSHOP and the CityDesign Studio have been working with the Tenth Street community for the past eighteen months, forming relationships with a cadre of active and dedicated residents and stakeholders while researching the areas history, mapping conditions, and discussing dreams for the future.  Activating Vacancy is made possible through generous funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Trinity Trust Foundation, the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation and local arts patrons

vcLogoWhat is the Vendor Certification & Business Development Course?

The Vendor Certification is a business development program designed to cultivate the business skills of local entrepreneurs. The 20-hour training for start-up businesses in the Tenth Street Historic District begins with weekly classes in the months of March and April of 2014.  All new businesses and business ideas are welcome!  

The Susu Cultural Business Incubator’s focus is on social enterprise in the creative and cultural industries.  This means businesses with products and services that are either original and hand-crafted and/or have community development or cultural awareness as a key element of their mission.  

The Tenth Street Vendor Certification culminates with a pop-up market at the Show Hill Biz Park on April 26, 2014.  Show Hill was once a street car stop and vibrant retail hub that has been vacant for many years.    

It is our goal to form a neighborhood business collective that will develop ongoing platforms for collaboration and local economic growth. 



Class Topics

  • Designing a Business Model
  • Product Development Workshop
  • Making a Marketing Plan
  • Creating Budgets; Bookkeeping & Mobile Vending Tools
  • Funding Your Dreams: IDA accounts, crowd funding, savings models
  • Vending permits; How to vend with the City of Dallas
  • Vending with Style: Quality and Aesthetics


  • Learn vendingpic11from A Pro – get guidance and best practices from local vendors and business owners
  • Sell your product at the Show Hill Biz Market on April 26, 2014

How to Get Involved

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Do you have a business or dream of having your own business?

Do you have a creative skill or brilliant idea?  Does everyone love your cooking?


Do you make jewelry or art? Have you always wanted to open a boutique, salon, café, studio, specialty shop? Do you have a creative business that you want to get off the ground?  Do you have visions of a business idea that will improve your neighborhood?

Sign up for Vendor Certification: Classes begin March 8, 2014


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