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Food Business Incubation
While there are business incubators in Akron focusing on the technology industry: Small Business Development Center, BOUNCE Innovation Hub, and GAINS, there is no business incubator to-date focused on food businesses.
Part-Time Kitchen Space
Part of incubating food businesses is providing certified commercial kitchen space for less than 40 hrs/wk, while the businesses are in their early growing stages.
Connecting local retailers
Reaching customers is the most crucial aspect of a food business (after having a good product). In addition to the network of The Well staff, we will compound our efforts with the consulting experience of CCLK.
access to funding sources
A stumbling block for all new businesses is capital. Through partnerships with ASIA, Inc. Micro-Loan Program, HFLA, Honeycomb Credit as well as private lenders, kitchen users have ready access to a funding source up to $25,000.
rent the kitchen
The kitchen is rented in as small as 2-hour increments and available 24/7. To operate as a business out of our kitchen, you will need to complete the following:
1. Attend an Info Session
2. Intake Meeting with Kitchen Manager
3. Scheduling Production
4. Food Business Incubation (Optional)
*Level 1 ServSafe, Food Business License and Business Insurance required
For more information on pricing, contact Nick@thewellakron.com
Food business bootcamp
Learn directly from industry professionals who will share the tools and strategies needed to move your idea from concept to reality.
Topics include Food Trends, Business Plan Basics, Food Safety, Food Product Concept Development, Food Law, Marketing, Pricing, Food Business Operations, and Funding.
You will have an opportunity to tour Akron Food Works.
Classes are held quarterly! Our first sessions of the year will be a 4-session VIRTUAL course on February 9, 11, 16, and 18 from 5:30 to 8:30.