Akron Food Works


Our mission is to bolster regional economic competitiveness by advocating, connecting, inspiring, and mobilizing. We recognize the value of engaging a diverse set of local and regional stakeholders, collaborating across sectors to strengthen opportunities for healthy economic development.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Funding: A stumbling block for all new businesses is capital. Through partnerships with ASIA, Inc. Micro-Loan Program and private lenders, kitchen users have ready access to a funding source up to $25,000.

Akron Food Works

The Process

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. Complete User Application In-person OR Online

3. Intake Meeting with Kitchen Manager

4. Scheduling Production

5. Food Business Incubation (Optional)

*Level 1 ServSafe and Business Insurance required

Akron Food Works

Pricing Structure

•Info Session - FREE!

•Intake - $40

•Food Business Incubation

•Hudson Kitchen Food Business Bootcamp - TBD

•Grow Your Existing Food Business - $325

•Kitchen Rental Hourly Rates

•Peak (6 A - 10 P) - $18

•Off-Peak (10 P - 6 A) - $15

•Dry Storage Monthly Rates

•Wire shelf, deep (4 ft) - $15

•Wire Shelf, shallow (4 ft) - $10

•Upright Freezer Monthly Rate

•Wire shelf, deep (3' W) - $30

•Wire Shelf, shallow (3' W) - $25

•Reach-in Cooler Monthly Rate - $20

Akron Food Works

Equipment List

•30 Qt Hobart Floor Mixer + Attachments

•5Qt Hobart Commercial Stand Mixer + Attachments

•Cleveland Natural Gas 25 Gallon Stationary 2/3 Steam Jacketed Kettle

•Assorted Vollrath Stainless Mixing Bowls

•Chicago Metallic Full-size Bakery Pans / Trays (Lot of 36)

•Vollrath Full-size Sheet pan wire rack inserts

•Chicago Metallic Half-size Bakery Pans/Trays (Lot of 12)

•Vollrath Half-size Sheet pain wire rack inserts

•20-pan Bakery Rolling Racks

•Full-size Dough Proofer

•8-burner/4 burner + Flat-top Griddle Gas Stove-top Commercial Range w/2 conventional ovens

•Convection Gas Oven Dual Stack

•Vollrath Vacuum Sealer w/12" sealing bar

•Hobart Continuous Feed Food Processor, 1/2 HP

•Table-top 40-pound Digital Counting Scale

•25-lb. Mechanical portion control scale

•5-lb. Mechanical portion control scale

•Heavy Duty Manual #10 Can Opener

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