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Pasco Specialty Kitchen helps small business owners

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PASCO, Wash. -- A kitchen in Pasco has helped people start small businesses for years, but will soon be under new management. The Pasco Specialty Kitchen was established in 2003 to give small, first-time business owners a way to get around large start up expenses, and to give them a helping hand with the paperwork.

Suzi Tasker, with Gypsy Girl Granola says, "they show us where we need to go, who we need to contact as far as product liability, insurance packaging.

Rosa Virgen with Rosa's Home Cooking says, "it was very important for me to know that this was here. I was able to know that this was here. I was able to have all the equipment we needed. I didn't have to guess or anything."

The kitchen has been run by volunteers, but will change hands in a couple months when the City of Pasco takes over efforts to transform its downtown.

The kitchen's Executive Director says she's applied stay on to make sure people like Suzi and Rosa keep getting the help they need.

"They're creating this concept and then it materializes into a product. Then it's successful in the market. I'm invested in that. And it's a pride I have in their success," said Victoria Silvernail, the Executive Director of Pasco Specialty Kitchen.

Silvernail says looking at the client list is one way of measuring the kitchen's achievements. "We have 40 plus using the kitchen right now. We have about 23 that use it on a regular basis. We have 12 seasonal," explained Silvernail.

Another way is to look at businesses like Milly's Bakery and Deli, Fiesta Restaurant, and Mihacienda, that have all moved on and opened their own locations.