Partners of the Hub


Small Business Development Center of Lorain County

The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide a high-impact, front-line program designed to facilitate small business growth, job creation and access to capital. SBDCs provide confidential one-to-one business advising at no cost, management training and education programs, and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.  The Oberlin Food Hub will work directly with the SBDC of Lorain County located at Lorain County Community College.

The Oberlin Project

The Oberlin Project, an ambitious, multi-year effort by the College and City of Oberlin to transition Oberlin to a prosperous, post-fossil- fuel economy and provide a national model for environmentally responsible community-level redevelopment. On the basis of the Oberlin Project, Oberlin, Ohio is one of eighteen communities worldwide participating in the Clinton Climate Positive Development Program, which seeks to set new standards for sustainable urban development. In December 2014, the City was named by the White House and US Department of Energy one of sixteen “Climate Action Champions” for efforts to prepare for the effects of climate change.

The original vision of the Oberlin Project was generated in discussions with College and City officials in the spring of 2009, in the wake of the worst economic crisis since the 1930s. Throughout that year of uncertainty, Oberlin Project organizers discussed how the City and the College might collaborate on a temporary organization with a lifespan of four to six years to build a resilient and sustainable economy that would serve the people of Oberlin, respond to the looming challenges of rapid climate change, and advance the cause of justice for which the Oberlin community is known. Their efforts have been widely successful to date and have reached intended milestones on schedule.

While the Oberlin Project’s work will continue far into the future, it followed its planned timeline and closed its central office in June 2017.

Oberlin College and Conservatory

Oberlin College and Conservatory is a liberal arts college in Oberlin, OH. With a commitment to carbon neutrality, the college puts a large emphasis on environmental sustainability. Oberlin College serves as the Oberlin Food Hub's current fiscal agent.

Farm Fare

"Farm Fare is reimagining the local food supply chain by equipping economies of collaboration to compete with the economies of scale of industrial foods. Business is better together, with our family-owned farms, decentralized hubs and sustainability-minded buyers working as a region to drive local food forward." 

Thank you to our financial supporters!