Kitchen Incubator

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Discusstion at Michigan Environmental Health Association 66 Annual Education Conference at Bay City, Michigan on March 25, 2010. Discussion was around encouragement of entrepreneurs to use kitchen incubators to produce safe food products.

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Kitchen Incubator

  1. 1. Kitchen Incubators for Start Up Food Processors<br />Frank R. Gublo<br />MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources<br />
  2. 2. Why Do We Need Kitchen Incubators<br />
  3. 3. A Kitchen Incubator Community<br />Kitchen<br />Social Network<br />The Incubator Community<br />Entrepreneur Support<br />Services<br />
  4. 4. The Kitchen <br />Commercial Kitchen<br />Low Volume Processing Equipment<br />Multiple packaging options<br />Storage Area For Users Supplies<br />Office Space.<br />
  5. 5. Entrepreneur Support Services<br />Assist Entrepreneurs As Needs Arise<br />Business Plans<br />Assistance with Markets<br />Fixing Food Science Problems<br />Validation of the Product Claims<br />Finding Potential Investors<br />Other Special Needs.<br />
  6. 6. Entrepreneur Support Service Partners<br />Local Economic Development Corp.<br />Michigan Department of Agriculture<br />MSU Extension<br />MSU Product Center for Ag and Natural Resource Innovation<br />County Health Department<br />
  7. 7. Social Networking<br />Entrepreneurs and Innovators Club<br />Quarterly meeting to discuss opportunities<br />Deals are made at meetings<br />“Board” meetings to confidentially discuss issues in a safe environment<br />
  8. 8. Michigan Kitchen Incubators<br />Food Works@HATC<br />1160 South Van Dyke Road<br />Bad Axe, Michigan 48413<br />989 269 6431<br />The Starting Block<br />1535 Industrial Park Drive<br />Hart, Michigan<br />231 873 1432<br />http://www.startingblock.biz/<br />
  9. 9. Additional Resources<br />Frank Gublo<br />MSUE-Washtenaw County<br />705 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103<br />313-401-6283<br />MSU Product Center for Ag and Natural Resources <br />www.productcenter.msu.edu<br />www.facebook.com/gublo<br />www.frgublo.wordpress.com<br />

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