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Welcome to The Starting Block

West Michigan's Non-Profit Regional Kitchen Incubator and Entrepreneurial Center

Located in Hart, Oceana County


We are a non-profit, regional economic development organization committed to small business initiatives - for businesses just starting out, or companies outgrowing their current facilities.

We provide entrepreneurs, producers, and processors a properly equipped, licensed, and inspected food processing kitchen.

We help entrepreneurs start and/or expand their food-related businesses at reasonable rentals without the initial investments in costly facilities and equipment.

The Starting Block's kitchen is a home for individuals who want to take a special recipe to market or create a food or natural resource business. We provide:

  • A commercial test kitchen and a USDA-certified meat facility for start-up and existing food processors.

  • Low-cost office rent including computer, internet access, phone and office support.

  • Expert resources through Michigan State University's Product Center.

New Meat Processing Facility!

The Starting Block has a brand new meat processing kitchen for start-up and small meat producers.

We are proud to offer the first and only USDA-inspected meat processing incubator facility in the state, and one of the only in the country.

To ensure FSIS (Food Safety Inspection Service) standards, the meat facility is located in a separate building adjacent to our current Starting Block building with separate rooms for meat production and packaging.




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