A shared-use commercial kitchen is a licensed kitchen facility where local entrepreneurs, caterers and instructors can prepare and process their food products for the consumer market or hold cooking classes and demonstrations. These facilities are generally rented by the hour or for longer time slots. Instead of taking on the considerable financial commitment of opening a private commercial kitchen, new or expanding small food businesses can take advantage of shared-use commercial kitchens to help grow their enterprises. Equipment that is generally available includes ovens, ranges, mixers, prep counters, coolers, freezers and storage space. Some shared-use commercial kitchens also rent out event equipment, such as chafing dishes, drink coolers and linens. These facilities may be found in food venture centers and food innovation centers, but they commonly exist as separate entities as well. Some food producers with their own production facilities will rent out their licensed commercial kitchens when they are not in use.