Flint Food Works

Create. Collaborate. Grow.

About Us

Flint Food Works is a unique venture in Genesee County with the goal of providing a facility for food-based businesses to establish a product, perfect their recipe, and develop a business model that will help them grow. As a culinary business incubator our mission is to help entrepreneurs get off the ground floor and literally take a product from the field to the market. For Flint to continue its progress towards becoming a diverse, exciting and prosperous place to live we need local businesses to thrive and local entrepreneurs to bring their passion to our community. And that is where Flint Food Works comes in.

The Kitchens

We provide low-cost, low-risk, full-service kitchens for local businesses to grow and establish their operations. We 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. The City of Flint is experiencing a rebirth. Today is the perfect time to take your future as an entrepreneur into your own hands. You could be part of shaping the future of a great city. Flint Food Works offers you the perfect opportunity to take the first step towards creating a culture of prosperity in a city once known for being the cradle of the blue-collar work ethic.

The Location

The Flint Food Works is located in the Flint Farmers' Market. The newly renovated facility, in the heart of downtown Flint, houses more than 50 year round vendors in the main market building and an additional 20+ vendors in the outdoor pavilion during the growing season. The Market has become a hub of entrepreneurial spirit for Flint since reopening in its new location in June of 2014.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide culinary entrepreneurs with all the tools necessary to develop and successfully market specialty food products, thereby creating jobs and positively impacting the economic development of Flint and the surrounding area.

• Encourage the use of local food products and services to continue the growth of the local food movement

• Integrate local growers and producers into the supply chain of local food manufacturers.

• Develop profitable food based businesses that will create sustainable employment opportunities.

Tour Our Kitchens

Apply For Membership

The Flint Food Works is currently accepting applications to our incubator program. Applications for membership are reviewed on a rolling basis with offers extended to “good fit” food startups as long as space is available. If you are interested in becoming a member of The Flint Food Works, please register with ​The Food Corridor . One you are registered, you will be contacted by us with instructions on how to submit the $20 application fee. Please see the requirements below.

​Once you have been verified through the Food Corridor and have completed the Flint Food Works Intake Application, Staff will contact you to schedule an interview. You will also be directed to an online orientation prior completing your membership.

If you have questions about the Flint Food Works Culinary Business Incubator Program , please reach out at director@flintfoodworks.net

The Food Corridor matches Commercial Kitchens who want to post their kitchen space with Food Businesses looking for a cooking place. The platform includes tools like scheduling / booking, payment processing, and communication to support the ongoing relationship.

The Flint Food Works requires three items to get started with our application process:

1) Set Up Your Business- You Must be set up as a recognized business entity with the State of Michigan. Articles of Incorporation will need to be provided.

2) ServeSafe Food Manager Certification- You must be currently certified with ServeSafe or applicable food safety training program.

3) Liability Insurance on Your Business- You must carry a liability insurance policy on your food business. You will be required to add The Flint Food Works to your policy as an additional insured.

Need Help Fulfilling The Requirements?

Navigating the world of certifications, licensing and applications is complicated to say the least. Fill out the form to the right and we will send you a handy guide to get you started. In the guide you will find information on some of the great resources that you can take advantage of to fulfill each of the Flint Food Works requirements to starting a food based business in our kitchens.