Do you dream of expanding or starting a food related business?
Do you need a commercial kitchen to prepare your food products, or business training or financing?
Are you interested in canning or need help in preparing your produce to sell?
The American Communities Trust, the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition and others are working to start a facility that could help you. This facility, the Baltimore Food Enterprise Center, (BFEC) would be an FDA approved fully equipped commercial kitchen where caterers, bakers and specialty food producers could use as needed. The BFEC would also provide food entrepreneurs small business training, technical assistance and access to financing. Aside from caterers and specialty food producers, the facility could also accommodate local urban farmers, gardeners and other growers seeking to either further process their fresh crop (wash, sort, cut and package) or produce a product with a shelf life. It could also serve as a commissary kitchen and wash out for area vendor carts and food trucks.
As a first step to get this project off the ground, we have reached out to a variety of potential users of the BFEC to begin to determine what their needs are and how or if they might be interested in utilizing such a facility. We are currently putting together a business plan for the project. Our goal is a facility and program that truly helps Baltimore's small food entrepreneurs grow their businesses and the local food economy.
For more information about the Baltimore Food Enterprise Center contact Jeff Thompson at email@example.com.