June 5, 2017

Shared-Use Community Kitchen Resources

Resource Guide for Food Entrepreneurs 

Policies and Forms for OOTGP Kitchen Users:


Business Planning, Support, and Training

Blue Ridge Food Ventures put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions and resources for Business Planning about starting a food business that is a good place to start.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) put together Growing Your Local Food Business in North Carolina: A Guide to Laws and Regulations. This guide was put together in 2012, and repeats the information shared by Blue Ridge Food Ventures (above), but is still relevant and is in an easily printable PDF format. 

If you prefer local or in-person resources:

Minority Entrepreneurship support through East Greensboro Now offers “one-on-one consulting, training classes, promotion, advising, and business fairs for new and established entrepreneurs in our area.”

The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship in Greensboro offers training, counseling, and business support groups to turn “entrepreneurs into business owners.” 

The Small Business Center at Guilford Technical Community College offers confidential counseling, online entrepreneurship training, and free programs and seminars. 

Dani Black is a North Carolina Chef and owner behind Bigger Tables Culinary and Service Consulting, which offeres training, development, and review consulting services for food businesses. 


Additional resources

Entrepreneur Initiative for Food: NCSU Extension Program: website and program supported by NCSU Cooperative Extention, and includes information on Getting Started on a Food Business, Food Product Testing, Nutritional Labeling, Online Resources and Workshops and Events

Resources about Agribusiness Development, put together by the NC Dept of Agriculture: including resources about understanding sales tax.

I want to start my own food business. Now what? and Regulations and legal things to think about, put together by the NC Dept of Agriculture.

Obtaining a Supplier ID#: Obtain a Supplier ID # (optional)

General Liability Insurance for your business: Information on Insurance from the NC Dept of Agriculture, and a link to one example of an insurance provider: Food Liability Insurance Program (FLIP). 

Micro-Loan opportunities: Slow Money NC invests in North Carolina farms and food businesses that strengthen our local food system. If intersted, you can request more information about investments for your business here.