A needs assessment survey is being conducted to better gauge the needs of local food entrepreneurs and potential usage of the shared kitchen. Please take a couple of minutes to complete the survey. Your input is valuable to us!
The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress is working in partnership with the Hazleton Art League, local and regional food, entrepreneurship and culinary arts education providers, and other organizations affiliated with The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (THInC), to develop a comprehensive shared-kitchen incubator program designed to support aspiring and existing food entrepreneurs.
The program, expected to launch in 2021, will include education, small business development assistance, and access to a new shared-kitchen at the Hayden Family Center for the Arts in downtown Hazleton. The commercially-licensed kitchen will be available for lease to food startups. Food entrepreneurs will also be able to lease space (short-term) within The HUB Welcome Center to test the sale of their product in a retail setting.
This kitchen construction project was funded with a $50,000 grant from the First Federal Charitable Foundation, a $48,000 Rural Business Development grant from the US Department of Agriculture, and other private donations.