Eastern Carolina Food Ventures Incubator Kitchen is a regional, shared-use commercial incubator kitchen designed to help develop food entrepreneurs, create new food businesses, grow existing food businesses, and provide workforce development resulting in new jobs and new economic development in eastern North Carolina. Located in the WestPark Business Technology Center in Warsaw, the kitchen is a collaborative effort of James Sprunt Community College, Duplin County, and Pender County.
PURPOSE Provide hourly access to entrepreneurs and existing food businesses for: New food and beverage development and production Food research and testing Commercial kitchen for caterers Neutraceutical development
GOALS Create new food businesses Grow existing food businesses Provide workforce development resulting in new jobs Stimulate economic development for eastern North Carolina Foster the spirit of entrepreneurship
FACILITY AND EQUIPMENT
The Eastern Carolina Food Ventures
(ECFV) Incubator Kitchen
includes three distinct processing areas, separate dry storage areas and
and freezer, as well as a
separate wash area.
Available commercial equipment includes:
Processing and Distribution Center - In addition to the three distinct areas outlined above, there is access to a processing and distribution area with a separate freezer equipped with a flash freezing unit. This area is designed for produce growers to bring their fruits and vegetables to be packaged and/or processed to be sold and delivered to local institutions such as schools, hospitals, etc. This program is implemented and managed by Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Council. For more information go to www.feastsoutheastnc.org
Other Resources - Other available resources include wireless internet access throughout the facility, access to a conference room, computer lab, some incubator office space, business and food related seminars, and free individual counseling to assist with marketing, business plan development, financing, etc. through the JSCC Small Business Center.
GEOGRAPHIC TARGET AREA The geographic target area includes but is not limited to the following counties: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender, Duplin, Greene, Johnston,
Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Sampson, and Wayne.
The implementation and operation of the kitchen is managed by the Small Business Center at James Sprunt Community College. Special thanks to Pender County and the Pender Economic Development Alliance for having the vision to develop this facility for the region, and to the following funders and contributors who are helping ECFV be successful:
Blue Ridge Food Ventures Cape Fear Resource Conservation & Development Duke Endowment Duplin County Duplin County Cooperative Extension Economic Development Initiative - HUD Four County Electric Membership Corporation Golden Leaf Foundation James Sprunt Community College NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission North Carolina Department of Commerce Pender County Cooperative Extension Southeastern North Carolina Food Systems Project UNC-Wilmington USDA Rural Development