Nichole Hannahs

Cooking Up New Businesses

by Nichole Hannahs on January 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm

A licensed kitchen for area producers won’t be a reality without funding.

The Muskingum County Business Incubator has funding to renovate the kitchen at its Pinkerton Road location and make it a licensed facility for individuals looking to bake goods, can food or create other items to be sold regionally or statewide.

For the project to take off they must generate $100,000 for operational costs to run the facility for two years. Where that funding will come from is now the question.

"Anyone that might be interest to be a participant in the kitchen or someone who would like to help sponsor it, we’ll be knocking on some doors, but right now I don’t really have a direction," said Executive Director Carol Humphreys.

Humphreys said that she wants the renovations to be complete prior to when the garden produce starts to come in so that they can get the most use out of the facility. The goal is for the kitchen to be self sustaining in three years.

"Individuals who use the kitchen do rent the kitchen. They also can buy jars or other products that we can buy in bulk and that will save them money," said Humphreys. "There’s also workshops and other things that we’ll be doing that will create some revenue."

Humphreys said they already have some interest in renting the kitchen space and partnerships to help educate the producers to grow their business.