Ready, Set, Cook: Local Food Businesses Sizzle at Incu-Bake

Allison Education, Incubator Spotlight, News

Lansing is a great place to start a business because there are 7 (yes, seven!) incubators to help launch your business, no matter the industry.

One of those seven is an incubator that can help entrepreneurs achieve their foodie dreams. Located in Holt, Incu-Bake provides a place for clients to create their delicious products, and offers the services and resources it takes to launch their food startup.

Founded:

July, 2014

Things you should know:

At Incu-Bake, the client comes first, whether they produce 1x a month or several times per week. Incu-bake has a 2,0000 square foot kitchen, a retail space, and an in-house distribution service.

Capacity:

Capacity depends upon scheduling and types of food businesses are here. The kitchen is available 24/7 and 2-3 businesses at a time can be in production

Current Number:

Since 2011, we have helped 80 small businesses earn their licenses. At any one time 15-20 businesses are active. We also typically have several community and miscellaneous cooking events on the calendar.

Ideal Tenant:

A food producer who is committed to all aspects of the process; not only making the food item(s), but also packaging, marketing, and sales. Successful clients are able and willing to listen to advice and accept assistance. They also have to have a lot of energy, creativity, honesty, and be ready to have fun in our kitchen.

Rates and What They Get You:

There are a wide range of rates, depending on type of usage, consistency of scheduling, and time of day. We do offer a free initial consultation during which we calculate the rate dependent of the business’s needs.

Amenities Offered:

  • Licensing prep/walk-throughs for clients and others who will be using other kitchens
  • In-house distribution and advice
  • Retail outlet
  • Multiplication of client social media outreach via Incu-BaKe channels
  • Large quantity ordering
  • Dry, freezer, and cooler storage
  • And so much more

What Sets You Apart?

The retail store and the in-house distributor (RG Distribution), as well as the connections we have built throughout mid-Michigan.

Exciting Aspects:

Our name is getting out there more and more, and I have heard it used many times as a generic term for a kitchen incubator. I hope to help individuals establish their own unique incubator models in other states, grow our list of consistent anchor clients by a few more, and grow overall operations, including co-manufacturing.

Most exciting is our potential to hire several full-time and part-time staff over the coming months.

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A special thanks to Marcy Bishop Kates, Owner and Manager, for providing everything you need to know about Incu-Bake.

Allison

About Allison

Allison is a writer based out of Lansing, Michigan. She loves writing great content that helps Michigan businesses tell their stories, educate their customers, and promote their brands. Her work has been featured in Capital Gains, Mason Today, Williamston Today and more. She is also helping to promote startup activity in the region at StartupLansing. Follow her @AllySpoon

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