Food Fort

Welcome to the Food Fort! We are a kitchen incubator and a hotbed of entrepreneurs that are shaping Columbus’s food scene every day. Since 2012 we’ve been transforming the ideas of food entrepreneurs into thriving, self-sustaining businesses.

We’ve given business owners the freedom to develop their own unique culinary masterpieces, network with other entrepreneurs, and truly establish their markets at their own pace.

For its members, we are an invaluable support system in a high-risk industry. We are affordable where other options are too expensive. Our goal is to encourage business growth, sustainability, job creation, and employee retention within our member’s businesses while providing a functional home base.

The Food Fort Features:              

  • 3 Full Service Kitchens
  • 2 Walk-In Coolers
  • 1 Walk-In Freezer
  • Dry Food Storage
  • Prep Tables
  • 24/7 Access
  • Ongoing Technical Assistance
  • On-Site Propane

Member Services:

  • 1:1 Business Coaching
  • Group Trainings
  • Flexible Financing Options

Continued Education Courses:

  • Food Safety Certification
  • Financial Literacy
  • Employee Benefits Information
  • Healthcare Education

From gourmet cupcake creators to beef jerky enthusiasts, wedding caterers to food truck moguls, the Food Fort is comprised of all sorts of “foodie” entrepreneurs, creating a diverse workplace that truly thrives on the creativity of its clients.

Want to be a part of this great community?

For more information about becoming a Food Fort member, contact John Newman at jnewman@ecdi.org.

Current Food Fort members interested in paying online, use the form below:

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