Cultivate Your Business

Start small, test, develop, and scale without the cost of equipping, and maintaining your own commercially-licensed culinary facility.
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What We Do

The Hazleton Kitchen Incubator program, powered by THInC (The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative), gives regional food and beverage businesses a low-risk opportunity to start small, test, develop, and scale without the cost of equipping, and maintaining their own commercially-licensed culinary facility.

By doing so it encourages growth and equity in the local food economy by improving access to resources that traditionally are not available to those with limited incomes and for whom English may be a second language. It also improves food industry workforce training opportunities through hands-on training and access to commercial equipment.

We help our members focus on what really matters: building vibrant and sustainable food companies. Our partner organizations work closely with each member business to polish ideas and develop business models, as well as help cultivate customer connections and distribution opportunities. Food businesses accepted into the incubator program also receive mentoring and immersion in our regional entrepreneurial environment where they can collaborate with industry experts and peers.

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Entrepreneurship Education

Members don’t just cook here, they learn here too! When you join the kitchen incubator as a tenant you become part of our regional entrepreneurial community, and we rely on the resources of our educational partners to provide you with courses and workshops in a variety of critical topics like food safety, customer discovery and market validation, business planning, and branding.

Programs:

Member Benefits

One on one assistance with licensing, certifications, and permits via the CAN BE Innovation Center
24/7 access to the facility with flexible scheduling
Free and low-cost classes and workshops related to food and entrepreneurship
Facility orientation and equipment training
Cold and dry storage
Co-working and private meeting space available at the Hazleton LaunchBox, to include access to WiFi and printing
Free parking (if a client of the Hazleton LaunchBox)
An amplified social media presence via THInC partner organizations to help promote your business
Opportunities to host catered events within the Hayden Family Center for the Arts, and the adjacent Can Do Community Park
Low-cost temporary retail storefront rental opportunities for featured promotions or market tests at the HUB Welcome Center
Vendor registration opportunities with the seasonal Downtown Hazleton Farmers Market
One year free membership with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce
Access to business resources and advisors such as food scientists, graphic designers, business consultants, and more via THInC partners
Opportunity to compete in the annual TecBridge Business Plan Competition
A supportive, inclusive, and bilingual environment where all are welcome!

Facilities

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Kitchen

Housed within a 1909 historic bank building in the heart of downtown Hazleton (31 W. Broad St.), the newly renovated Hayden Family Center for the Arts kitchen is equipped to handle the needs of most startup bakers, caterers, ethnic/specialty food producers (for retail sales), food trucks and other small-scale food and beverage businesses. Small scale manufacture of jarred products might also be possible, as long as all processing (including filling and capping) can be done by hand according to the food safety protocols for specific products. The food preparation and storage areas are regularly inspected and certified by the PA Department of Agriculture.

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Retail Pop-Up Shop

Housed within the nearby HUB Welcome Center (15 W. Broad St.) and co-located with the Hazleton LaunchBox, the retail shop provides you with an opportunity to test your product, either through featured promotions or special events. The shop is equipped with café style seating, a sink, commercial dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, coffeemaker, and microwave, as well as a refrigerated display case, WiFi, and a Square Point of Sale System for credit card payments.

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Rental Rates

Member businesses lease time in the kitchen or retail storefront on an hourly or monthly basis (rates start at $15 per hour). Rental contracts are on a month-to-month basis, allowing greater flexibility in managing your growth and pace of progress.

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Farmers Market

The Downtown Hazleton Farmer’s Market runs each Friday from 10am-2pm, starting mid-July through early September in the adjacent CAN DO Community Park. Members may sell their products as a market vendor without additional fees, provided they have received a business license and insurance.

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Kitchen Equipment & Storage

Equipment

  • Bun/sheet pan rack on casters (2 ea.)
  • Reach-in freezer (18.44 cu. ft.)
  • Restaurant range (gas, 24”, 4 burners) with space saver oven
  • Convection oven (gas, double-deck, 5 racks, 13 rack positions)
  • Exhaust hood
  • Reach-in refrigerator (18.44 cu. ft.)
  • Microwave oven (Amana commercial – 0.8 cu. ft. capacity)
  • Work table (stainless steel, L-shaped 84”WX 36”W, 30”D includes prep sink bowl)
  • Work table (stainless steel, 84”W X 30” D)
  • Food waste disposer with cone assembly
  • Hand sink (wall mounted)
  • Garbage can with swing lid
  • Dishwasher (Hobart under counter)
  • Three compartment sink with over-shelf
  • The kitchen is also equipped with exhaust fans and lighting over the work table.

Cookware / Small Wares

  • 18” x 26” Wire in Rim Aluminum Bun Pan / Sheet Pan (10 ea.)
  • 18” x 26” Wire in Rim Aluminum Perforated Bun / Sheet Pan (10 ea.)
  • 10” Aluminum non-stick fry pan (3 ea.)
  • 8” Aluminum non-stick fry pan (3 ea.)
  • Stainless steel mixing bowls (various sizes)
  • Stainless steel stock pots (various sizes)
  • 16 qt. Aluminum colander
  • Chef knives, spoons, and other cooking utensils (various sizes)
  • Measuring cups and spoons (various sizes)
  • Cutting boards (2)
  • 18” wood rolling pin
  • 20” wood tapered French rolling pin
  • 20lb compact digital portion control scale
  • 17” flame retardant oven mitts
  • 9” 4-sided stainless steel box grater
  • Can opener

Storage / Transport

Kitchen and tenant storage is comprised of about 30-40 linear feet of wall space located in the basement of the building. The storage area is suitable for tenants to keep their personal equipment and utensils, ingredients, packaging and labeling supplies, and a small number of cases of finished product. Each tenant will be provided lockable storage within a 18”x 36”x 69” cage on wheels to allow for easy transport of work items via elevator to the kitchen. There is also and 18”x 36” shelving cart with 2 baskets (on casters) for transport of additional items and equipment.

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The mission of the Hazleton Innovation Collaborative is to leverage the academic and research resources of Penn State and its community partners to nurture the growth of entrepreneurshipin the Greater Hazleton Area, and foster an entrepreneurial culture that will result in economic development, job creation, income growth, improved quality of life and student career success.

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