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Local Collaborative Kitchen Creator to Lead Incubators in Fairborn, Ohio

The City of Fairborn announced a partnership with Rachel DesRochers to run both the Gluten-Free and Kitchen Incubators at Spark Fairborn, an open collaborative space for entrepreneurs and start-ups. In every organization she works with, DesRochers’s sole purpose is to spread gratitude and build community.

DesRochers founded Grateful Grahams, an artisanal graham cracker company in 2010. Stemming from the success of Grateful Grahams, she started the Incubator Kitchen Collective in 2013. The Incubator Kitchen Collective is a non-profit organization that provides kitchen space, business support, and mentorship to food entrepreneurs in the Cincinnati and Newport areas. DesRochers is also the founder of The Good People Festival, an annual free music festival; and Kitchen Convos, a podcast showcasing the personal stories of the regional food community.

DesRochers has received numerous local awards and was a semi-finalist for Martha Stewart’s American Made Award and a finalist in Artworks Big Pitch. She is a passionate believer in the power of gratitude and the role of food in the creation of community. Her mission goes beyond making a great cookie: she also wants to impact her community with positivity and action.

The City of Fairborn will manage the membership and programming aspect of the co-working Space at Spark Fairborn. She will manage the membership and programming of both the Gluten-Free and Kitchen Incubators at the collaborative. DesRochers brings with her a wealth of knowledge and resources gained from the successful guidance of sixty small businesses over the last five years through the Incubator Kitchen Collective.

Spark Fairborn is excited for this partnership with DesRochers and has reportedly said it believes this will serve as a catalyst for helping local foodpreneurs grow their business and achieve more than they ever could on their own.

To learn more and stay up-to-date on what is happening with the Gluten-Free and Kitchen Incubators at Spark Fairborn, follow: sparkfairborn.com or incubatorkitchencollective.org.

Prospective Kitchen Members can contact Rachel DesRochers, Chief Gratitude Officer at The Gratitude Collective at [email protected].

Prospective co-working Members and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Facilitators can contact Tonia Fish, City of Fairborn Downtown Revitalization Strategist, at [email protected].

-Staff report