Interested in opening a small food business? We’re here to help!  The first step for most prospective clients is to give us a call or send us an email in order to discuss your kitchen needs. We require the following for all entrepreneurs who want to use the DKC kitchens.

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

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 deposit.

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.

We understand that there are a number of licenses and certifications that a food entrepreneur faces in starting a food business. To help you navigate these hurdles, FoodLab  and our partners are available to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out early in your planning process. The best way to get advice is to attend Friday office hours at the Green Garage, 4444 Second Ave., Detroit 48201 check the website at Please email info(at) or check the Facebook page at for more information.

7 thoughts on “GETTING STARTED

  1. Satonia Beasley

    Please contact me at 313753-7266. Very interested in having my own Restaurant, my name is Satonia Beasley, thank you.

  2. Terence Williams Sr

    I’m Very Interested in having my own Concession Stand.. I have my Business License, ServSafe, & Insurance, I just need help getting started….Please Help

  3. I have a product I would like made into cookies. I am looking for a community baker who might be interested in making these for me.

    Feel free to call me.

    Mike Carter
    Carter’s Nuts

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