become a kitchen member

Have More Questions? Attend an Info Session!

2nd Wednesday of every month

647 E Market St. – 11am-12pm

Chat, tour the kitchen, and learn about AFW. 

Members have access to:

  • main kitchen and prep kitchen
  • six burner range
  • double convection oven
  • flat top
  • steam kettle
  • mixers
  • proofer
  • monthly cold and dry storage options
  • ability to host Cafe Takeovers in Compass

How to become a kitchen member?

Akron Food Works is devoted to assisting food businesses in all stages, whether you are just starting your business or looking to grow! Members have access to our commercially-licensed production kitchen, prep space, dry, cold, and frozen storage, as well as business support and incubation services to support your success. To use our kitchen space, members must meet the requirements below.

Akron Food Works has the resources to support you along the way.

Membership requirements:

  • Valid State Driver’s License/ Identification Card
  • A Valid Business License/Vendor’s License from the State of Ohio
  • Obtain Food Liability Protection Insurance, with Akron Food Works listed as additionally insured
  • Ohio Department of Health Person-In-Charge (Level 1) Certification, obtained after completion of approved food safety training course , such as ServSafe, with ODH # on completion document
  • Summit County Public Health License; some activities also require licensing through Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Akron Food Works is available to connect you with the resources you need to become a kitchen member.

Contact form link above!


A Touch Of A Mothers Love

“I wanted to share some exciting news with you! I have officially obtained my license to operate my own diner. It’s been quite a journey, and I couldn’t have done it without your [workshops]. The connections I made through your class have played a significant role in leading me to this point. It’s incredible how everything seems to have fallen into place. Even during times when I was distant or doubted myself, you believed in me & my business. Your unwavering belief has meant the world to me, and I am truly grateful. Thank you for everything.”
– Jacqueline Ewing

Big Deal Whitfield

“Being a part of Akron Food Works has helped boost our customer base and increase our industry knowledge. The Well provides a space that allows us to grow and become well rounded entrepreneurs and we are excited to keep moving forward!”
– Tyler Whitfield

Contact Us

Contact Form: HERE
Phone: 330.815.1529
Address: 647 East Market Street Akron, Ohio 44304
Book a Tour: HERE

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