Community Kitchens Accelerate Small Businesses

Posted by Ashley Calderone

Community kitchens are a great fit for foodpreneurs to help introduce new tastes into a neighborhood while also providing a platform for cooks, bakers and aspiring culinary professionals. These locations inject life into the local economical space by supporting small business.

What may start as a hobby, such as bottling your own sauces, making a beverage or baking cookies, can quickly turn into a business that is a fixture of the community, providing a service, a delicious product, jobs and a social rallying point.


Why Shared Kitchens

These commercial spaces have a two-fold purpose. On one hand, existing restaurants and food retails have a way to grow profits by utilizing the shared kitchen space and equipment, which reduces overhead and investment costs; on the other, they give owner-operated shops a way to test and create new products without the many risks of opening a retail location.

For entrepreneurs or packaged food creators, shared kitchens are proven invaluable, making it easier and more efficient to begin producing food products to sell commercially, whether at local gatherings, online or across state lines.


Flexibility for Small Business

Small food business owners live and breathe at the whim of their loyal patrons, the local economy, and the ebb and flow of unique community trends. Being able to avoid many of the heavier responsibilities and costs of ownership and maintenance allows operators to focus on crafting their brand and building up their finances before taking that next intimidating step.

This flexibility means they can have access to a space as little or as large as they need; accommodating for their own demands that come from growth and testing new products and offerings.


A Social Benefit

Community kitchens have a decade or more of known success, and the concept is increasingly becoming a viable option for entrepreneurs within the industry. The benefit of providing a space for food startups is obvious. From beginning with just renting space, more small businesses and restaurants can move onto opening their own brick and mortar locations with greater long-term sustainability.

Along with strengthening the local economy, niched and nuanced food products help generate buzz in neighborhoods, adding to the culture and driving interest to businesses in their area.


Want to learn more about Community Kitchens? Read more below!

How to Start a Community Kitchen
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