HDC's Food Entrepreneurs Program

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HDC's Food Entrepreneurs Program

The HDC’s Food Entrepreneur Program works with start-up food businesses by providing educational classes, commercial kitchen space and the Pop-Up Café to try out your products and service

The HDC is partnering with SCORE to provide the most comprehensive series of classes designed specifically to get start-up food entrepreneurs off to a strong start!

 Contact the kitchen staff at 219-803-6575 or at kitchen@hdcnwi.org

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About Us

The Hammond Development Corporation has been assisting women and minority owned business for over 20 years. Our mission is to promote economic development through small business development and job creation.

Our Strategy


Our Food Entrepreneur Program will provide both general business education as well as classes specifically designed for food entrepreneurs so that you can run a successful food business

Community Kitchen

Start-up food entrepreneurs can rent the HDC Community Kitchen to prepare their products in a commercial environment and comply with all state health regulations and avoid the liability of cooking at home. SERVSAFE certification required.

Rates start at $20/hour

Pop-up Café

Start-up food entrepreneurs can rent the Pop-Up Café by the day, week or month in order to test out their products and service before making the substantial investment in renting a restaurant or catering space.

Rates start at $200/week

Latest News

We are holding a open house come tour the kitchen and learn about the Food Entrepreneur Program starting June 2023. See flyer for more info.

Grab N Go café is now open for rent

HDC Community Kitchen Open House on Saturday, March 18th 11am-2pm and Monday March 27th 6-9pm

Servsafe Food Manager’s Certification class on Saturday, March 11, 2023 9am-5pm

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