Kitchen Incubator Feasibility Study

Kitchen Incubator Feasibility Study

The Accommodation & Food Service industry makes up a quarter of the employment in Summit County. The NWCCOG and Northwest SBDC are working to find a way to develop this sector in a way that creates more opportunities for small businesses. The Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) has provided the funding for the first step in this process through a $20,000 grant to create a feasibility study for a kitchen incubator that will assess the need and viability of such a project for the region.

A kitchen incubator is a commercial kitchen that not only provides a space for local food producers to make their product, but also provides the business training needed for these companies to thrive. Workshops and training would cover everything from financing you business to any branding and labeling questions one might have.

This is an exciting opportunity for Summit County and the surrounding region to grow its economy in a different sector outside of tourism. 





“The local food landscape is quickly changing in Summit County and the surrounding region thanks to a new Whole Foods and a potential new Natural Grocers coming in. This expansion provides new opportunities for cottage food producers to grow and take up some shelf space in these stores. We want to make sure local cottage food producers are prepared to make this jump and this focus group is the first step in this development process,”  Business Development Manager of the Northwest Colorado SBDC, Trent Owens.






“The local food landscape is quickly changing in Summit County and the surrounding region thanks to a new Whole Foods and a potential new Natural Grocers coming in. This expansion provides new opportunities for cottage food producers to grow and take up some shelf space in these stores. We want to make sure local cottage food producers are prepared to make this jump and this focus group is the first step in this development process,”  Business Development Manager of the Northwest Colorado SBDC, Trent Owens.