It's a new concept in Mercer County that offers commercial kitchen use to those looking to start up a food business. Similar to the Youngstown Business Incubator, this spot out of Sharon is a useful tool for those wanting to dive into the culinary industry but who don't quite have the resources or space. 

"Kitchen incubators, there's a great one in Youngstown, Pittsburgh but we wanted something to bring here right to the Shenango Valley," said Douglas Decker, Executive Vice President of Laurel Technical Institute. 

From brunch to dinner, coffee to win, pastries to desserts, if you need a kitchen space to start up your food business, Laurel Technical Institute in Sharon might be your solution.

"This is something that could incubate restaurants and food trucks, not only in the City of Sharon but the whole entire Shenango Valley and the region," said Sherris Moreira, Director of Downtown Development for the City of Sharon. 

Anyone can now rent out commercial kitchen space in the facility's new Laurel Kitchen Incubator.

"Food-trepreneurs who want to start their own business and have always had that dream can use our kitchen incubator along with our restaurant space here," Decker said. "They can set up as a pop-up kitchen, pop-up restaurant or they can try more of a soft opening here."

The incubator is funded through ARP money and the facility can hold up to three startups a day.

"We have local resources to add to the growth and development happening in Downtown Sharon," Decker added. 

"To start a food business, anything related to food, there's so many legalities and safeties you have to be aware of," Moreira explained. "So, to have a space where that's up to code and has the commercial kitchen in place, that's going to make it so much easier for people with amazing food ideas to start them up."

The incubator simply charges an hourly rental fee for use of anything within the kitchen, helping people in and around Mercer County achieve their business dreams.

"They say in 5 years, they're hoping to have 10 restaurants, food concepts or food trucks incubate out of this," Moreira said. "That's going to be so impactful for this area."

Visit Laurel's website to reserve a space.