Partners of the Hub
Lorain Incubator Kitchen Cooperative
The Lorain Incubator Kitchen Cooperative (LIKC) was incorporated in 2013 in response to the need for infrastructure in Lorain County, OhioH to support food-based entrepreneurs. LIKC is led by Dr. Chester Bowling, who recently retired from The Ohio State University's Cooperative Extension Center, where he helped build organizations that enable community and economic development through agriculture. LIKC pursued development of an incubator kitchen in Lorain, Lorain County's largest and most economically depressed city, orchestrating an opportunity to acquire donated equipment from a closing hospital and re-purpose it into a commercial kitchen for the Lorain's Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County. LIKC is pleased to bring their incubator kitchen expertise to an Oberlin-based incubator kitchen that is co-located with a wholesale aggregation and distribution.
Small Business Development Center of Lorain County
The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide a high-impact, front-line program designed to facilitate small business growth, job creation and access to capital. SBDCs provide confidential one-to-one business advising at no cost, management training and education programs, and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Oberlin Food Hub will work directly with the SBDC of Lorain County located at Lorain County Community College.
"Farm Fare is reimagining the local food supply chain by equipping economies of collaboration to compete with the economies of scale of industrial foods. Business is better together, with our family-owned farms, decentralized hubs and sustainability-minded buyers working as a region to drive local food forward."
Thank you to our financial supporters!