Colleton Kitchen Incubutor Needs Assessment

A kitchen incubator is a place where farmers, caterers, gourmet food producers, and others interested in the production of food items have access to a facility to prepare food products at a reduced cost. The facility is rented at an affordable rate and provides a licensed and fully equipped kitchen that will provide the equipment necessary for interested parties to prepare, package, store, and label their products. Further, the facility will provide business services, training (financial, marketing, product development), and mentoring services to give the food entrepreneur every opportunity for success in their venture. Colleton County is working to revitalize a building in downtown Walterboro to help serve the needs of their citizens and create a kitchen incubator. This survey is designed to assess your interest in using the kitchen incubator in Colleton and to determine your specific needs in food processing.

Information Concerning Participation in a Research Study To Possible Kitchen Incubator User or interested party: You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Dr. David W. Hughes. The purpose of the research is to determine the needs of a kitchen incubator facility in Walterboro, South Carolina. We can only assess the needs of such a facility by surveying individuals such as you. Your participation will involve answering questions on a survey. Should you choose to participate, we expect the survey to take no more than 10 minutes of your time. There are no known risks associated with this research. We hope to receive completed questionnaires from about 50 people, so your answers are important to us. Of course, your participation in this research study is voluntary. You may choose not to participate and you may withdraw your consent to participate at any time. You will not be penalized in any way should you decide not to participate or to withdraw from this study. If you do participate, you are free to skip any questions or discontinue at any time. Your response to the survey is anonymous, which means no names will appear or be used on research documents, or be used in presentations or publications. The research team will not know that any information you provided came from you nor if you participated in the study. In other words, we will do everything we can to protect your privacy. If you have any questions or concerns about this study or if any problems arise, please contact Dr. David Hughes at Clemson University at 803-699-3178. If you have any questions or concerns about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Clemson University Office of Research Compliance at 864-656-6460. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important project. Sincerely, David Hughes Professor, Community Development Program Leader Clemson University Extension Service, School of Agriculture, Forestry, and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University PHONE: 803-699-3178 E-MAIL:

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