build a platform and a megaphone for small businesses by providing a low-cost, low-risk, full-service kitchen for local businesses to grow and establish their operations.
It would eliminate the need for small businesses to take on debt, purchase expensive equipment, sign a long-term lease, or take many of the other risks that business owners have come to expect as the norm for starting a business. We are not just talking about the bottom line as far as dollars. The true bottom line is the world we wake up to each morning.
Portland Maine is being developed. Development can be an opportunity for us, as locals, to put a stamp on our city or we can leave it as an opportunity for large-scale developers and others to take advantage.
The program I want to offer today is providing fledgling food businesses the opportunity to grow in their first 2 to 3 years without the cost of building and equipping their own commercial kitchen.
We would offer commercial kitchen rental at below market rates and support start-up food businesses with business and culinary workshops, commercial kitchen training, and exposure to a vibrant and dynamic entrepreneurial and culinary environment.