PLAIN DEALER - Clevelanders get to sample the diverse wares of newly approved food carts

Last year, Mayor Frank Jackson introduced legislation that would provide aspiring small-business owners with loans to start food-cart businesses that offer diverse, fresh and low-fat cuisine.

Kevin Schmotzer, executive director of the city's small-business development department, said the food cart program encourages people to become entrepreneurs.

So far, two businesses have applied for loans of up to $5,000 to purchase hot-food carts. The city will offer 10 loans as part of the Cleveland Pilot Food Cart Program.