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Sustain the Mission--Food, Biz, Farm, Community
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Your nourishment will help grow & sustain Incu-BaKe!

Incu-BaKe was a dream that quickly came to reality; the biggest risk I have ever taken. The best experience of my life, and sometimes the worst. The people we serve are utterly and completely ...
Your nourishment will help grow & sustain Incu-BaKe!

Incu-BaKe helps small food businesses get started. After nearly two years of development and operation, we’ve become much more than just a shared kitchen space. From concept to licensing, Incu-BaKe has created a space for nearly 50 entrepreneurs in the last 24 months, all who have had a dream and needed a space to launch and live it. We provide mentoring, support and the equipment to launch businesses—and businesses eventually create jobs! One of our very first clients, Schenk’s Salsa, was completely ready to launch in July, 2011. They had their processing certification, they had their labels, their recipe . . . not to mention hungry clients. What they were missing was a commercial kitchen! Now, their award winning salsa has devoted followers in mid-Michigan, and they are looking to move beyond just the Lansing area.

Incu-BaKe also helped to launch Crunch Granola, a dream business for Christine. She doesn’t just create and sell delicious granola, but feeds hungry, struggling families. For every bag of granola sold, 2 meals are donated to feed a family. Since January, 2012 (and starting with the very first bag they sold), Crunch Granola has provided over 26,000 meals to families.

Now, Incu-BaKe wants to take its business model to the next level.

High-Capacity Equipment Need

Incu-BaKe is filling a service gap; we help small businesses launch and become job creators. As larger businesses such as Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, Kroger, and others are seeking out local food products, these startups need to be able to handle the volume of the orders that are required, in order to prove themselves in the larger marketplace. Our goal is to triple our oven space, and install a steam-jacketed kettle to increase our salsa/sauce/savory production by about 500%. With a few pieces of low-cost equipment, the yield will increase exponentially, as will utilization of local produce and other goods and services. In doing so, more small businesses will reach the “emerging” stage, where they will be able to move on into their production facilities, such as our graduate “Mitten Munch!”

Recycling and Sustainability Systems
Every week we have gallons of eggshells and produce waste, just begging to be composted into “black gold”! Incu-BaKe will use funding to implement recycling and sustainability practices, including an on-site recycling service and a compost tumbler.

Business Education Training and Workshops
Incu-BaKe provides mentoring to help small businesses get started. We've discovered that these businesses need ongoing training and support. Incu-BAKE will partner with key organizations to provide affordable best business practices training.

Your contribution will allow us to take the only Incu-BaKe kitchen for small businesses to the next level. We thank you in advance for supporting Incu-BaKe as it positions itself to be a high-capacity facility for small food businesses.
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