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The ANC incubator kitchen is available for upcoming and small businesses interested in creating packaged food goods or ready to eat products. This provides a step-by-step process for becoming licensed to reserve and use the ANC incubator kitchen.

  1.  Become familiar with the Allen Marketplace facilities, including the cooking kitchen and the wash-pack kitchen. Contact one of our Kitchen Managers: Joan Nelson at joann@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or 517-999- 3912 to schedule a 20 minute tour. We want to ensure the success of all of our incubators – make sure that the AMP facilities fit your needs and goals.
  2. Complete the Kitchen Rental Agreement. This form further describes what you will need in order to rent our kitchen.
  3. Begin the process of obtaining appropriate commercial licensing through either Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) or Ingham County Health Department (ICHD).
    Packaged products require licensing by MDARD. Pam Weaver – 517-749- 5638 – is your contact at MDARD. Be sure to read MDARD New Business Guide prior to contacting Pam Weaver.
    Ready to eat products require licensing by ICHD. Amy Thomas – 517-887- 4525 – is your contact at ICHD.
    We can help you identify which category your product falls under if you are unsure. Contact Joan Nelson for more information.
  4. Secure commercial liability insurance, naming Allen Neighborhood Center as “additional insured.” A good first step is to check with your home or auto insurer to determine whether commercial liability can be bundled into your other policies. If this option is unavailable to you, we can recommend a local insurer who has worked with several of our incubators.
  5. Once you have completed the Kitchen User Agreement form, applied for the appropriate license, and obtained liability insurance, contact one of our kitchen managers to schedule use of the kitchen for the licensing meeting with whomever is licensing your product (MDARD or ICHD). The meeting with your licensor will take place in the incubator kitchens and will last around 1-2 hours. During this time, the licensor will observe your food preparation, likely offering suggestions and guidance. At the end of the licensing meeting, the licensor may approve you immediately (and give you a temporary license) or require additional steps. A flat rate of $25 will be charged for the licensing meeting.
    Note: Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your licensing meeting to receive a kitchen orientation from one of our kitchen managers. This will include a review of our procedures, introduction to our kitchen equipment and supplies, and generally getting more familiar and comfortable with the space. Doing this in advance of your licensing meeting will enable you to make efficient use of your time with the licensor.
  6. The last step to becoming an incubator is to submit a one-time deposit of $100.
  7.  Once all requirements are met – license, insurance, application completed, and deposit paid – the Agreement is formally signed by you and the Kitchen Manager and you may reserve time in one of our kitchens. At that time, you can consider not only kitchen needs, but storage needs (e.g., walk-in cooler space, refrigerator or chest freezer space, pallet shelving, closed cabinet shelving, etc.)


Kitchen Rental Checklist:                                                    

 Tour the Allen Marketplace facilities

 Apply for commercial licensing (MDARD or ICHD)

 Secure commercial liability insurance

 Schedule a kitchen orientation and a licensing meeting to follow

 Obtain license through licensing meeting

 Sign the Kitchen User Agreement form

 Pay $50 set up fee

 Reserve kitchen space

For any questions contact Joan Nelson at joann@allenneighborhoodcenter.org or call 517-999-3912. Click here to see our Rate Sheet.