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Arthouse: A Social Kitcken to host culinary business incubator workshops

Shannon Smith, left, of NJOY Eats and Preps, teaches a free meal prep class with help from class member Michelle Bibbs, right, last month at ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen in Gary.

If you're interested in launching a catering company or another food business, you could get some guidance from Arthouse: A Social Kitchen in downtown Gary.

Theaster Gates' Arthouse, which was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, plans to host culinary business incubator workshops from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday from Aug. 12 through Oct. 21, with the exception of the Sept. 2 holiday weekend. 

"These workshops are designed for a range of participants — from the novice culinary entrepreneur to the burgeoning and/or home-based business owner — with the desire to grow their culinary concepts into viable and profitable businesses within the city of Gary and throughout NWI," Arthouse said in a press release. "Workshops are designed to help participants understand the various relational aspects of business partnerships, customer relationships, and financials and budgeting. There may also be opportunities to experiment with your business concept via a Pop Up Cafe and to pitch your business to investors."

The workshops will cover several topics including business model canvas, the customer, building blocks to grow your specific business and servsafe food handler certification.

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Arthouse seeks to empower culinary entrepreneurs, whether they want to operate home-based businesses or establish brick-and-mortar locations.

The culinary business incubator, located at 411 E. 5th Ave., has professional kitchen equipment that can be rented out as well as space for pop-ups where business owners can test out a concept to see how people like it before pumping capital into it.

For more information or to apply, visit arthousegary.com/incubator. Anyone with questions can call Culinary Business Incubator Manager Melinda Johnson-Martin at 219-979-8156.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.