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