The early-decision deadline for applications to the Hope & Main food-business incubator in Warren is Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Food business entrepreneurs who get their applications in early will be guaranteed a spot in the incubator’s Pre-Incubation Workshops, a food startup coaching series to begin this January, accordin to a press release.
The workshops will take place over the course of several months and provide guidance and training on topics including business plan development, food safety certification, financing, marketing and distribution, legal basics and more, according to Hope & Main.
As Rhode Island’s first food-business incubator Hope & Main aims to give food entrepreneurs and early-stage culinary businesses the chance to grow their first two to three years without the cost of equipping their own commercial facilities.
To help make that happen, food businesses accepted into the program will receive mentoring, access to fully-equipped and affordable work space, and immersion in an entrepreneurial culture where they can collaborate with industry experts and peers, according to the incubator.
Hope & Main can accept up to 40 food-related businesses. Applicants who do not meet the early-decision deadline will be admitted on a rolling basis as vacancies become available.
Hope & Main plans to open next summer in the former Main Street school building in Warren. The 100-year-old schoolhouse is being transformed into a state-of-the art workspace for food-related entrepreneurs and businesses.
Hope & Main will feature three shared-use commercial kitchens, including a gluten-free kitchen; more than 6,000-square-feet of production space; cold and dry storage; a demonstration kitchen; a 2,000-square-foot community room, and a year-round farmer’s market.
Get additional information, including applications and instructions for applying at http://www.makefoodyourbusiness.org.