By News Staff

Ceremonies were held Friday for the opening of a new venture aimed at creating more jobs and businesses here in
Rhode Island
.


Hundreds of people were on hand for the grand opening of Hope and Main in Warren.


Hope and Main is a business incubator located in an old school house.


The space is available for people trying to create small businesses in Rhode Island's food industry.


"Absolutely. Food is a huge part of the
Rhode Island
economy,” says Founder Lisa Raiola. “We are a food state. And 'Hope & Main' is going to be a place that will only create more resources for food star ups."


Thirty different food companies are already using the Hope and Main facility.


A $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture helped make this all happen.

(C) WLNE/TV 2014