Deuel Community Kitchen and Business Resource Center
Deuel Community Kitchen -- We are Looking for Chefs!
(See above on the menu "Success Stories" to see all the Chef's at work)
Wanted! Individuals that have a favorite recipe they'd like to market! Contact DADi!! We will help you get it off the ground.
The DCK began with a USDA Rural Business Enterprised Grant. It was one of several projects but included business and kitchen incubators. With DADi and with the assistance of Dakota Rural Action and Deubrook School District the Deuel Community Kitchen came to fruition. A kitchen incubator committee was established in 2012 consisting of Joan Sacrison, DADi Executive Director, Robin Nelson, Dakota Rural Action; Kristianna Gehant; Prairie Coteau Farm in Astoria, and Kim James; Foodtopia Farms of Toronto. Relatively a new concept for this area of the country, DADi was blazing a new trail.The public was invited to an informational meeting to find out more about what a ‘Kitchen Incubator’ is and how it can pertain to them.
What Is a Kitchen Incubator?
Incubators make it financially possible for a start-up food manufacturer to take advantage of available professional kitchen space while they grow their business. This commercial kitchen facility is available to producers and packagers of specialty and gourmet food, caterers, and individual chefs that want to get their special recipe off and running in Deuel County. Those individuals who want to take a special recipe to market or create a food or natural resource business will want to consider the use of this kitchen. This kitchen is for start-ups and existing food processors.
Most start-up food enterprises begin in a home kitchen. But the home kitchen becomes a liability because of special licensing that is required and laws that prevent the home kitchen recipe when it goes to the marketplace. Legally then the start-up food enterprise must manufacture their product from a professional kitchen. This is where the Deuel Community Kitchen comes in. The chefs will be able to offer long or short-term leases at reasonable rates on a flexible time-share basis. Food entrepreneurs become ‘legal’ by working in this certified kitchen space because it in turn can be inspected more easily.
So available to the entrepreneurs are professional standard ovens, refrigerators, mixers, food processors, storage space, worktables, pots and pans, utensils and locked storage space. This professional space will have a list of requirements in using the space, but also guidelines that will need to be followed when using the kitchen. The entrepreneurs enter into an agreement with the facility, DADi and each other. Using a kitchen incubator is a relatively new concept and definitely in a rural setting.
Once a product is ready for marketing, DADi can help with a business plan and making connections with the Small Business Administration. The Business Resource Center in the DADi office has a privacy office and it can be used for making contacts with the use of a computer, fax, copier and phone system. Products will need to be labeled and marketed.
If financing is necessary, then a formal business plan becomes a requirement. Those that want to be taken seriously need to ask themselves some of the following questions: 1) Who are you? What is your product and how is it different than your competitor’s? 2) Who is your client base? 3) Who is your competition and what are they doing? 3) How much does your product cost you to manufacture, package, labor, and then how much can you sell it for? 5) Where do you want to be in 2 years?
Obstacles and Concerns
USDA toured the DCK in the summer of 2014. It is their hope that other small communities with available licensed kitchens use DCK as a model. DCK was originally started in a restaurant that ended up closing their doors. This is something to remember when using an existing local business for the incubator. Finding another location was not easy. Other items to consider when starting a kitchen: location to 'chefs', insurance, Serv-Safe licensing, kitchen inspections and licensing, Department of Health regulations, working within the kitchen's availability and with staff, finding chefs to use the kitchen, marketing and determination, and promotion.
DCK Guidelines, Check Sheet, Application
DCK requires an Application and one-time fee for joining the kitchen. That is payable to DADi. There is also a daily fee for use of the kitchen. This is very responsible and many other kitchen's cannot compete. A chef is required to do an orientation with the Kitchen Manager, as well has read the Guideline sheet and fill out the check sheet. This check sheet accompanies their daily fee for use of the kitchen.
We Are Open for Business!!
Contact: Joan B. Sacrison • 408 4th St. W • PO Box 647 • Clear Lake, South Dakota 57226 • 605.874.8038 • email@example.com
We Are Open for Business! The Business Resource Center (BRC) is a real, physical infrastructure of support that will help Deuel County residents launch new businesses. It has enabled DADi to provide low cost office space, equipment and support for the new start-ups.
This business incubator began because of a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant. This Business Resource Center is a real, physical infrastructure of support that will help Deuel County residents launch new businesses. It has enabled DADi to provide low cost office space, equipment and support for the new start-ups.
“Very few new entrepreneurs and start-ups can afford to rent office space in the community and perhaps their home is not conducive to meeting clients,” notes DADi executive director Joan Sacrison.
More than one business can use this office space; scheduling might be necessary, however. After one business is established, the next step is to make it stand on its own. The plan, at that point, is for the space to be available for another entrepreneur.
The new BRC includes space, desk, filing capacity, printer, laptops, large screen computer, wall mounted large screen, office supplies, head phones, and more needed for a business.
Sacrison emphasizes that the BRC has other uses, although priorities would be business related. It might be used as a classroom with the laptops used for people to earn their GED or for educational classes. Webinars will be offered and DADi wants input on types of webinars area businesses would like.
Classes are a big part of the help DADi offers the business and residential communities. They have introduced Facebook, Microsoft Word and Excel, Power Point, and other programs to people interested or wanting more knowledge. The BRC will also be available for individuals that need to job hunt or do online classes. The available computers are also available for Webinars (Workshops online) and various media projects that the communities are interested in. This center is for everyone's use and they do not discriminate as long as the computer usage is aiding job employment, schooling or other types of self-improvement.
Also area tech schools are using the BRC for proxy testing. If you are attending an area tech school contact them about using this business center for their test taking.
If you are considering starting your own business and have no means to rent or own a building or you cannot do it out of your own home. Please contact Joan at DADi for assistance 605.874.8038. We might be able to help you!