Programs to help you launch and grow

Support and tailored programming for food business owners at every stage of their journey.

For members of our shared kitchen

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Ready to Launch

Every new business starting at our kitchen has the opportunity to take Ready to Launch, a 14-week program to guide food businesses through the steps needed to secure a health permit from the City of Boston and start operations.  

Test out your restaurant concept

Retail Accelerators

Moving from running a catering business or food truck to your own restaurant can be expensive and risky.  CommonWealth Kitchen provides retail outlets for our members to test their concept with low-risk and lots of support from our team.

Supporting BIPOC-owned product companies

SHIFT Fellowship

We’ve  partnered with Associated Buyers, a natural foods distributor, to support BIPOC-owned product companies. 

For food business in the community

A mini MBA for food businessess

Santander's Cultivate Small Business

Santander’s Cultivate Small Business is a  12-week dynamic education and training program created specifically to help early-stage food entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods (focused on women, people of color, and immigrants) build strong businesses. 

The selective program features business education classes with professors from Babson College, mentorship from industry veterans, and the chance to apply for capital grants.  This program is fully funded by Santander. 

Apply by January 14, 2024 to be considered for the next cohort.

Equitable Economic Recovery

Restaurant Resiliency Initiative

A pilot program to support independent restaurant owners as they weather the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry and build back stronger.

For the aspiring food entrepreneur

Start a Food Biz

This workshop is perfect for aspiring entrepreneurs thinking about starting or about to launch their food businesses. The  two-hour workshop covers:

  • Regulatory requirements for different types of food businesses
  • Considerations for starting a food truck, catering, or product company
  • Best practices and resources for food safety, packaging, branding, and more
  • Creating a business plan
  • Case studies of strong food companies
This class is also offered in Spanish.