Can-Do Kitchen has been building foundations and removing barriers to food business ownership since 2008. We provide commercial kitchen space, food business incubation, workshops, and scholarships to entrepreneurs. We work collaboratively with our members and partners and are a hub for food business networking. Starting and growing your food business with the Can-Do Kitchen increases the likelihood of success by providing a lower risk environment to test your ideas. We’ll show you a roadmap, help you identify your next steps, and guide you in developing your business model. We’re aware of the regulations and challenges you will face along the way and are there to support entrepreneurs.
In 2020, donors made it possible to reach so many in our community—entrepreneurs who need us to continue to build foundations and remove barriers to food business ownership through experiential education and access to commercial kitchen facilities and other resources. Here are some milestones to be proud of in 2020:
- We’ve had 56 incubation support meetings with members, campers, and graduates.
- Monthly Group Tour & Info Sessions provided free business guidance to 39 entrepreneurs.
- Can-Do Camp provided step-by-step food business startup support to 23 entrepreneurs.
Our 1,800-square foot kitchen facility has prep and production space that suits makers of packaged foods, meal deliveries, direct-to-consumer meats, beverages, acidified canned goods, and catered foods. Cold, frozen, and dry storage, a blast chiller, 60-quart mixer, and dish washer are also available. The kitchen is available for hourly rental, eliminating the need to sign a lease and all the overhead that comes with it.
Group Tour & Info Sessions
Our free monthly tours allow interested food producers to see our kitchen and rates, learn about our services and licensing, and develop next steps. Visit the Can-Do Kitchen website for dates.
Our 16-week startup food business incubation course helps new food entrepreneurs develop their ideas. It also supports cottage law food businesses and existing businesses step back and build foundations so they can go to the next level. We provide guidance via presentations, resource guides, mentors, industry connections, tastings, and incubation meetings to help with:
- Market research strategies
- Target customer and brand development
- Business entity, structure, insurance
- Food licensing guidance
- Food packaging and labeling
- Budgeting and product pricing
- Online marketing and webpages
- Sourcing ingredients
- Business Model Canvas
- Feedback from peers and Chefs
- Transitioning to commercial production
Plus, we have incubation support, Can-Do Crate, mentor mixers, scholarships and more! You can learn more about our values, our programs, and our Family of Businesses on the Can-Do Kitchen website.