Concessionaire Cohort for Fairs, Festivals and Expositions (CFFE)


a dynamic education series for entrepreneurs

Fairs, Festivals, and Expos are a significant contributor to the hospitality and tourism industry. According to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions, “…over 3,200 fairs are held in North America each year. They provide industrial exhibits, demonstrations, and competition aimed at the advancement of livestock, horticulture, and agriculture with special emphasis placed on educational activities such as 4-H, FFA and similar youth development programs. While enjoying these high-minded pursuits, fair visitors are also able to see, hear, touch, smell and taste the richness and variety of what the world has to offer.”

For many small business owners in the Southern Sector, this can be a great opportunity to generate revenue. The Concessionaire Cohort for Fairs, Festivals, and Expositions (CFFE) program is a dynamic education series for entrepreneurs produced by the State Fair of Texas, the Small Business Development Center, the RedBird Entrepreneur Center, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dallas/Office of Economic Development. The goal of CFFE is to assist existing businesses in preparing their products for inclusion into festivals and fairs in the region. This five-month cohort comprised of 7-10 businesses will have both classroom, mentoring, and hands-on opportunities for growth and exposure to the industry.

Interested applicants must complete an application, apply for the taste testing of their product to be sold during the fair, and commit to attending sessions and mentoring opportunities. Applications must be emailed to by May 10, 2019. 

Downoad the CFFE Application