The Mixing Bowl gives all local food producers the tools they need for greater success.
The Mixing Bowl provides South Valley and Albuquerque residents interested in starting their own food-related businesses with a facility that serves as a launch pad for a food-based business. Our kitchen is an FDA licensed commercial kitchen and is outfitted with the modern, commercial-grade cooking and filling equipment. We help lower the costs of launching a food-based business and provide the necessary equipment for your business to reach the scale it needs to succeed.
As part of the South Valley Economic Development Center, Mixing Bowl clients have access to training, mentoring, and coaching both in-house and through our partners. We can assist you with the writing of the operational plan required for food businesses based in Bernalillo County, and we can help you navigate getting your acidified food product approved by the New Mexico Process Authority. The Mixing Bowl also provides clients with opportunities to collaborate and network with other food producers , distributors, co-packers, and buyers. Access to these networks greatly enhances the likelihood that your food-based startup will succeed.
The leaps of faith that take you from jarring your secret sauce for friends for the holidays, to getting a booth at your neighborhood growers market, to making an appointment with your local retail outlet are a lot easier to explain when you’re following the advice of trusted professionals, in a hands-on, fully-functioning commercial kitchen.
The Mixing Bowl’s Entrepreneur Development Program provides hands-on business assistance:
- Business plan review, assessment, and refinement
- Creating an operational plan satisfying Bernalillo County Environmental Health Department requirements
- Market research, strategy, and penetration
- Brand development and customer value proposition
- Product planning, positioning, and pricing
- Sourcing supplies and distributing finished products
- Utilizing crowd funding services such as Kickstarter
- Obtaining a loan
- Coaching for investor or corporate presentations
- Networking assistance
The Mixing Bowl also provides the following value-added services for your business:
- Applying for Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Veteran-Owned and HUBZone certification
- Assisting with government contract bidding and vendor certification
- Process optimization
- Obtaining USDA Organic Certification for your food products
The Mixing Bowl works to lower the cost of launching starting a food business and ensure the success of your food business. If you would like to join the Mixing Bowl’s community of food entrepreneurs, please complete our incubation form at the link below:
The Mixing Bowl is a place for South Valley residents pursue their passion for food, employ their neighbors, support the tax base and follow their business dreams. The Mixing Bowl is more than just a kitchen, it is a community of entrepreneurs working together to grow their businesses and further the development of the South Valley. Our members are regulars at the many farmers markets and their products can be found at local grocery stores, building relationships by satisfying one customer at a time.
- The Mixing Bowl applies and models best practices for kitchen incubation.
- Our clients receive assistance in starting their businesses and are privy to our established networks.
- Success is achieved through better business practices and increased visibility across markets.
- The Mixing Bowl is proud to present a food business incubator concept that can be transferred to rural areas within the state of New Mexico.
The South Valley Economic Development Center (SVEDC) opened in 2005, the result of collaborative effort between the Rio Grande Community Development Corporation and Bernalillo County to further the economic development and empowerment of the South Valley. The result of the collaboration brought a business incubator and shared-use commercial kitchen facility in the heart of the South Valley.
The commercial kitchen at the SVEDC was officially renamed in 2012 as The Mixing Bowl. As of September 2012, the kitchen supports over 60 active users and meets with over 160 prospective food entrepreneurs a year. The Mixing Bowl continues to evolve as it grows its community of food entrepreneurs. We are working on expanding the Mixing Bowl’s model of a shared-use commercial kitchen throughout New Mexico, allowing more New Mexicans to pursue their passion for food and expanding the opportunities for local growers.
Staff and Support
- Catherine Musgrave Innovation Director, New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership
- Cris DiGregory Owner, Range Cafe, Standard Dinner, Prairie Star
- Peter Holter Management Consultant
- Serge Martinez Professor, UNM Law School
- Russell Combs Managing Director, Wesst Enterprise Center Albuquerque
- Vaadra Martinez INTEL Corporation, Former United Way Campaign Manager, Former Council Chair Hispanic Philanthropic Society
- Gina Ricobono Supply Chain Management, Delicious New Mexico
- Mike Feinstamacher Whole Foods Albuquerque
- Joyce Schoppe Business/Tax Accountant
- Tim Nisly CEO, Rio Grande Community Development Corporation
Board Advisers: Steve Becerra, the Becerra Group CPA, Former Director at the South Valley SBDC; George Schroeder, Director of Environmental Health Services, Bernalillo County.
Special Projects: Jessie Damazyn, Marketing Support; Sarah Henderson, Operations Staff Support.
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318 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
Open 24 Hours, 7 Days a week
For more information on how to get involved in our facility please email Ernie Rivera: firstname.lastname@example.org
For an application for incubation in the Mixing Bowl, please complete the Mixing Bowl application
(Mixing Bowl Incubation Application)