Breaking Barriers to Build a Diverse Food Industry by Providing Unique Opportunities for Lasting Economic Change
Interested individuals may apply for Program acceptance by requesting an application form from info@stocktoncommunitykitchen. The application will be emailed to you and upon receipt of application an appointment will be set up.
A one-hour meeting and tour of the facilities will be scheduled for you to learn more about the Program. If desired, you may schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Program mentor to confidentially discuss your business plans.
Learn how to properly complete the application and why this information will be helpful to you as you embark on this road to a new beginning.
The Stockton Community Kitchen provides mentorship to gain the the necessary skills, personal support, and business expertise for food enthusiasts who are
under-resourced to help them become successful in the food industry.
The Stockton Community Kitchen offers classes, counseling, and mentorship to committed clients who desire business ownership by supporting them from initial concept to product launch.
The Stockton Community Kitchen furnishes a fully staffed commercial kitchen facility, classroom space, and offers hands-on experiences necessary to operate a food business—including ServSafe certification.
The Stockton Community Kitchen accepts applications throughout the year. However, the actual Program start-up begins three times per year.
This is a four-month period where Program participants receive technical assistance from mentors/professionals to establish the foundations of their business. There is a concentration of business basics such as product development, effective marketing, business finance, and managing business operations. Program participants create and coordinate their own schedule to meet with assigned mentors/professionals.
Program participants whose first four months have been successful will continue to receive technical assistance in the areas listed above—and other advanced areas appropriate to their specific business objectives. In addition, they will have access to affordable commercial kitchen facilities to support their business sales.
Program participants who have successfully attained all established benchmarks of the Program become graduates and celebrated alumni The Stockton Community Kitchen.
The SCK works exclusively with low income entrepreneurs as determined by HUD Guidelines for San Joaquin County. In addition to income, we also consider assets and access to opportunity. Our mission is to provide services to those entrepreneurs facing the highest barriers to entry into the food industry.
When you apply to SCK, you should have a business idea that you are ready to put into action. Our mentor/professionals will assist you to refine your idea, but it must be your idea.
The food industry is highly competitive. Your original food concept must be unique, different, and desirable in the marketplace.
Operating any food business is demanding; as a start-up, it can be overwhelming without passion and motivation. Entrepreneurs must demonstrate a strong work ethic and desire to build their business. .
The food industry, and the SCK, welcomes and serves people from all backgrounds. Program participants must demonstrate a desire to work well with and provide services to diverse populations.
If you do not qualify for the Incubator Program, you may still apply to rent our kitchen as a commercial user.
Board of Directors: Our Board members are all local professionals who possess extensive knowledge and experience in their individual areas of expertise. Program participants are fortunate to have access to these dedicated professionals to learn from as they build their businesses in our community.
Volunteers: The strength of any community-based civic-minded organization is the support it receives from the citizens it serves. The SCK is no different. We eagerly seek food-related businesses and professionals as volunteers to support our Program mission. Here’s how:
Food Industry Mentor: If you possess a unique skillset that would benefit an anxious start-up food entrepreneur, please contact us to discuss how you might share that skill.
Advisory Committee: The SCK has a wide range of food-related business disciplines we present to Incubator Participants. If you are an industry professional who would enjoy sharing expertise with our group in your area of expertise, please contact us.
Event Calendar: On occasion, the SCK offers food-related events as fund raisers where we showcase Program Participants expertise to the public. If you would enjoy supporting these aspiring food professionals by attending such an event, please check our calendar on this web site.
Donations: Our non-profit 501 (c) 3 community-based organization always welcomes and appreciates donations of any amount. Please consider becoming an involved donor to our Incubator Program. Every dollar is used to provide support for low-income aspiring food entrepreneurs.