What is Can-Do Kalamazoo & What Is it That They Actually Do?
Recently, I learned about a local organization called Can-Do Kalamazoo.
Since nothing in the name really gave away what they represented or what they did, a deep dive was required. As it turns out, this organization has one goal: to help local businesses succeed.
What is Can-Do Kalamazoo?
You might know Can-Do Kalamazoo as Can-Do Kitchen, a business that began in 2008 as a shared, commercial kitchen space created as a response to a demand for locally made products. It was used by locals with food-related businesses and more.
Now, as of 2022, they've expanded to act as a "hub and incubator" for all types of businesses, not just those in the food service industry. Read more on their website.
What Does Can-Do Kalamazoo Do?
In an effort to support local entrepreneurs, Can-Do Kalamazoo offers a few different services:
- Can-Do Camp: the Can-Do Camp is a 16-week group start-up process teaching the necessary practices and requirements for starting a new business or expanding your smaller business to a larger, commercial business. The cost is about $400 per business. However, a limited number of scholarships are available.
- Can-Do Funding: through Microloans, Can-Do Funding provides the startup capital needed to start a successful business. Again, they seem to focus on food businesses but, I don't think it's limited to just food-related businesses. Qualifications and terms apply. See more here.
- Can-Do Roadmap: the Can-Do Roadmap is basically a plan customized to your business to, hopefully, lead you to success. They'll work with you to establish clear goals and provide expert advice at every step.
- Can-Do Kitchen: this is where Can-Do Kalamazoo opens its kitchen space to either brand new food-industry businesses, those with existing businesses, or chefs that need access to a kitchen. There is a rental fee and a few restrictions on what can be created in their kitchen. See more here.
Here's a quick testimonial from the owner of Huey D's Goodies, a local business specializing in creating gourmet cheesecakes and cupcakes (yum!):
Where is Can-Do Kalamazoo?
Coincidentally, Can-Do Kalamazoo just reached a fundraising goal last week aimed at helping them move into a larger facility:
Currently, as I type this, they're located at 3501 Lake Street. But, their new location will be located at 519 S Park Street. Since their fundraising goal was just met last week, an official opening date has yet to be announced.