Good Food News - NYC Housing Authority Residents Becoming Food Entrepreneurs
NPR has a very inspirational story about a free 10-week program that offers hundreds of New York City Housing Authority residents customized business training and resources thanks to Food Business Pathways. The curriculum offers them food industry education, access to capital and affordable space to work in. Two nonprofit partners — Start Small Think Big and Hot Bread Kitchen — also provide students with free legal and business guidance.
These nonprofit partners stay engaged with graduates long after the program is over. Alumni are invited to sell their products at Start Small Think Big's "Tasting Thursdays," and to promote their businesses at its annual Pop-Up Party Fundraiser. Four graduates from each 10-week course compete for free kitchen space, which is a shared commercial area at Hot Bread Kitchen Incubates. This entrepreneurial opportunity is a very tasty way for these folks to build a business.