Launch Your Food Business

Starting a food business can be a daunting task. The Food Hub is here to help with business planning, food safety training, hourly kitchen rentals, and market access.

 
 
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Step 1 - set up a meeting with us

Email us at info@worcesterfoodhub.org to set up a meeting. We will discuss your food business idea and how to move forward. If using the Food Hub kitchen is appropriate, we will give you a tour to discuss equipment and storage options. Kitchen rental is just $25 per hour plus dry or cold storage fees.


STEP 2 - PLAN AND PREPARE

Based on our initial meeting, we will set a course of action to get your business ready. This may include writing a business plan, getting your ServSafe Manager and Allergen Awareness certifications, getting products tested, writing standard operating procedures, selecting packaging, designing labels, preparing records, and obtaining liability insurance. This may seem daunting, but we are here to help.

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STEP 3 - INSPECTION

When ready, we will likely schedule an inspection for either a retail or wholesale food permit. If we have planned and prepared properly, the inspection should go smoothly. Once completed, you will be ready to make and sell your food!


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STEP 4 - Make & sell food!

Now comes the fun part! We are here to help connect you with buyers whether in retail or by us selling through our wholesale channels. We can also provide ingredients from our network of local farmers.