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Our small business specialists and experts have helped hundreds of early stage food producers scale up their products and enter new markets.

We offer direct services, a deep network of vetted service providers,  and a partnership with the Ohio MEP, which gives us the ability to help you in all facets of getting your businesses started or scaling up.

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Our Services

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The NOCK

Small Business Assistance

The NOCK is a nonprofit commercial kitchen facility designed to assist entrepreneurial efforts and expand current food-related businesses by providing access to a commercially licensed kitchen, networking opportunities with other like entities and technical assistance.

The NOCK can help entrepreneurs or restaurant owners take that next step in making a secret signature sauce, a special salad dressing or a delicious snack! Develop your new food product at the NOCK - a commercially-licensed kitchen with top grade equipment. Numerous clients have achieved success transforming a recipe to a product!

Our team of experts can help and connect you with technical capabilities, including nutritional analysis and shelf-life stability testing, ensure that the products are produced safely and properly. Our food technology center also helps food-based entrepreneurs with regulatory compliance involving local health departments, the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the FDA. All this can help you open up new markets for your  products.

We also host numerous educational programs at the NOCK facility that show participants how to establish a commercially viable food business.

Our Resources

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We have spent over 25 years helping food processors and building a network of service providers to address every level of food production. Our network has a proven track record of delivering the solutions to help food companies grow across industry

Our team can help guide you to the correct type of service as well as help you manage the project from start to finish. We can help save you the time and resources it takes to get those difficult projects started and implemented.