“Make Food Your Business” is the motto of Hope & Main, Rhode Island’s own culinary business incubator. Having a great food product is only the beginning when it comes to launching a business. A kitchen that meets commercial standards can cost thousands of dollars and quash any cook’s dream of getting their creation to market. Enter Hope & Main! With code-compliant kitchens that will be shared and rented at below market rates, Hope and Main will mentor entrepreneurs from ideas to full fledged profitable businesses.
The non-profit was founded by Lisa Raiola, who, along with many others, has been working very hard to get this project off the ground. Ms. Raiola has said that over a three-year period Hope & Main will generate 99 direct and 236 indirect jobs. Located on Main Street in Warren, Rhode Island, this is a boon for local entrepreneurs and promises to be a boon for the economy as these businesses take root. And one other great benefit for the locals- there will be a year round Town Market where the food businesses will sell their wares.
Hope & Main will be opening this summer and they are accepting applications. Check their site to see just what they do. This may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for!