Community Development

Training and Consulting

ACEnet offers a look into the ACEnet model for:

  • Shared Use Kitchen Incubators
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Small Business Development
  • Market Readiness
  • Regional Branding / Buy Local Campaigns
  • Community Foods: Markets and Gleaning Projects
  • Value-Added Agriculture / Agritourism

Varying degrees of assistance from ACEnet tours to on-site consulting services are available to organizations for the investigation into the replication of many ACEnet programs.

Please call ahead to (740) 592-3854 for tour times/reservations or for more information on ACEnet Peer Consulting Services.

Facility Tours and Overviews

Both group and individual tours of the ACEnet facility, along with an incubator introductory presentation and a community tour, are available in daily time blocks. See our tour fee schedule for pricing information.

Replication Assistance

Interested in exploring how your organization may benefit from ACEnet’s experience? Maybe you are interested in building a kitchen incubator, initiating a regional branding campaign such as ACEnet’s Food We Love, or operating a business development center. As you begin to develop your plans, get advice and detailed assistance from the experienced staff who have helped to build ACEnet.

Presentations to Stakeholders

Need to bring everyone on board? ACEnet can help your organization to better communicate strategies and goals to your stakeholders, allowing everyone to have a clearer understanding of the project and the key challenges and opportunities involved.


Ready to start putting the pieces together? Consultation services are available that can lead your staff through mission development to feasibility studies and business plans. ACEnet staff will walk you through the steps, increasing the thoroughness of your program development and chances of success.

Trainings and Workshops

ACEnet can help to communicate to your staff the most up-to-date trend information in any of our areas of expertise. Experienced educators use interactive techniques to promote learning. Trainings/workshops can be held at your facility or on the ACEnet campus. The web-based ACEnet Training Center is also available at a nominal fee for online, long-distance learning.

Main Street

The Ohio Main Street Program, administered by Heritage Ohio, works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. ACEnet has partnered with numerous other individuals and organizations to work together in the historical and cultural preservation of downtown Nelsonville, OH. With the assistance of this coalition, Nelsonville was selected as a Main Street Community.