The Starting Block is a home for individuals who want to take a special recipe to market or create a food business.
The Starting Block is a non-profit, regional economic development organization committed to small business development initiatives - for businesses just starting out, or companies outgrowing their current facilities.
We provide entrepreneurs, producers, and processors with properly equipped, licensed, and inspected food processing kitchens at reasonable rentals without the initial investment in costly facilities and equipment.
If you are looking for a fully equipped, shared commercial kitchen to get your product started in, we are the place for you! The Starting Block offers three commercially licensed shared-use kitchens.
The large kitchen is fully equipped to meet processing needs, the small kitchen can be used for small-scale production, and the third kitchen can be converted for a variety of processing needs such as cheese making, drum drying, or a bottling facility. See the kitchen equipment list below.
Attention Artisan Cheesemakers: The Starting Block now has the capacity for cheesemakers to create artisan cheeses using our new Vat Pasteurizer and Peristaltic Pump!
Tabletop Use Only
Office - 90 square feet
Office - 225 square feet
Refrigerator, freezer, and dry pallet storage is available for monthly rent. Dry cabinet storage is also available for rent.
Dry Storage - Pallet
Cooler and Freezer Storage - Pallet
Key Deposit (Refundable)
Cooler and Freezer Storage - Cubic Foot
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407 State St. Map
Hart, Michigan 49420
City Manager: 231-873-3546
Accounts Payable: 231-923-3837
Hart Police Department: 231-923-0696 or 231-923-0851
Central Dispatch: 231-869-5858.
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