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    The Starting Block - West Michigan's Non-Profit Regional Incubator Kitchen and Entrepreneurial Center.

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    Equipment - Kitchen users have access to costly kitchen equipment at low-cost rents.

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    Start your business - Your favorite recipe can become a profitable, wealth-creating business!

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    Get Started - Start your food business in our incubator kitchen!

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    Dream Big - You can dream it, you can do it!

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    The Starting Block - Our experienced and passionate staff provide the support and assistance to help your business succeed.

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    The Starting Block - A home for individuals who want to take a special recipe to market.

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    The Starting Block Kitchen - Our fully equipped incubator kitchen facility is a great place to start your food business.

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    Entrepreneurial Support - We offer support and education opportunities to help get your business started.

Welcome to The Starting Block

The Starting Block is a home for individuals who want to take a special recipe to market or create a food or natural resource business.

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

We provide entrepreneurs, producers, and processors properly equipped, licensed, and inspected food processing kitchens at reasonable rentals without the initial investment in costly facilities and equipment.

Commercial Kitchens

The shared-use, fully-equipped commercially licensed kitchens help meet food processing needs at low hourly rental rates.

USDA Meat Facility

Our brand new USDA-inspected meat processing incubator facility is the first and only in the state of Michigan.

Warehouse & Storage

Refrigerator, freezer, and dry pallet storage is available for rent. Check our

Fee Schedule for more details.

Office Rental

Office rental at our facility includes computer and internet access, phone, and office support.

Additional Services

    In addition to commercial kitchens, storage, and office rental, The Starting Block offers:

  • Product Development

    Technical advice is offered on food production, pH testing, recipe batching, packaging, and labeling.

  • Education

    Small business management, networking, and individual business guidance are offered, along with classes on Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Small Business Management.

  • Expert Resources

    In addition to the kitchen and entrepreneurial support at The Starting Block, support is available through the Michigan State University Product Center.

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