Interested in opening a small food business? We’re here to help!  The first step for most prospective clients is to fill out our intake form in order for us to understand your kitchen needs. All entrepreneurs who want to participate in the DKC program and network of kitchens are required to have the following:

Detroit Kitchen Connect Application. The application fee is $20.

ServSafe Food Certificate. This will cost you $195 for a full day of Instructor-led training and the test is offered at the end of the day. It can be scheduled at PIC Food Safety.

General Business License. This cost will vary depending on what type of business you establish. You can find the application at

Deposit. We require a $200.00 non-refundable deposit for each kitchen location when licensed.

Insurance. You will need to purchase a $1 Million general liability policy, and name the kitchen space that you’re working out of as co-insured. This insurance is likely to cost you between $300 – $500 per year. This is useful for events, retailers, and vendors and most businesses require it.

Mentorship. If you  need assistance starting a food business contact FoodLab, Techtown DetroitBuild InstituteProsperUS Detroit, Accounting Aid Society our partners are available to help.