Tomorrow evening, HBK Incubates is hosting an open house of its commercial kitchen space and business support program in La Marqueta, East Harlem. Interested businesses and individuals can come visit and tour the shared facility, learn about features of the kitchen and incubator program, and meet several HBK Incubates entrepreneurs and staff!
Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Time: 5:30pm, 6:00pm or 6:30pm (select one tour time)
Place: 1590 Park Avenue (at 114th St. under the Metro North rail line)
RSVPs are required: Select a tour time and confirm your attendance by RSVPing here.
For details, check out HBK Incubates’ website and find out more about NYCEDC’s initiatives to support food manufacturers. And watch this video to learn how food entrepreneur Diana Scot-Sho made it here in NYC, through Hot Bread Kitchen’s culinary incubator program.
This morning, we helped “cut the baguette” on Hot Bread Kitchen’s new store, Hot Bread Almacen! Hot Bread Kitchen manages HBK Incubates, a culinary incubator for small, artisanal, and ethnic food businesses in La Marqueta, East Harlem. Watch our NEW YORK CITY. MAKE IT HERE., video to learn more about the Hot Bread Kitchen incubator program for food entrepreneurs in the City.
Watch to learn more about Hot Bread Kitchen’s incubator program, HBK Incubates, at La Marqueta and see how incubator program participant and entrepreneur Diana Scot-Sho made it here, in New York City. This video also features Jessamyn Rodriguez, founder of Hot Bread Kitchen.
NY Daily News covers Hot Bread Kitchen’s incubator program at La Marqueta to help immigrant entrepreneurs:
The program — one of several business incubators supported by the city’s Economic Development Corp. — helps entrepreneurs get started by renting commercial kitchen space at below market rates and offering classes and other support.
They also have workshops once a month on topics like logo design.
The incubator, which opened inside the East Harlem marketplace La Marqueta in January 2011, accepts new members three times a year. The next application deadline is next month.
Find out more about this kitchen incubator in East Harlem at La Marqueta, one of NYC’s public markets.
Source: New York Daily News
The New York Times writes about the food of Taste of Ethiopia, one of Hot Bread Kitchen’s incubator tenants at La Marqueta, and immigrant entrepreneur Hiyaw Gebreyohannes. Here he is at our NYC Food Manufacturers Business Expo in October displaying his delicious Ethiopian fare. Learn more about NYCEDC’s immigrant entrepreneur initiatives.
Photo credits: Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times (top) and Grace Cheung/NYCEDC (above)
Mayor Bloomberg: “More entrepreneurs are launching their ideas here”
On Sunday, Mayor Bloomberg said the following during his weekly radio address on 1010 WINS News Radio:
To put more New Yorkers to work and to keep our economic recovery on track, we’re investing in growing industries that have a bright future in our city - like food manufacturing. Even in these difficult economic times, we’ve seen a 14% increase in the number of food manufacturing businesses in our city over the past three years alone. That’s great news, especially for our immigrant communities - because our research shows that 70% of New Yorkers who hold jobs in food manufacturing are immigrants.
To help more of these businesses get off the ground, we’ve opened two kitchen ‘incubators’ in Long Island City and East Harlem, where startup manufacturers, caterers, and bakers can access space and equipment at below-market rates. And last week, we held our first food expo, where we connected more than 100 immigrant food manufacturers with brokers, buyers, and wholesalers who can help their businesses grow.
Efforts like these are keeping our economy moving in the right direction. More entrepreneurs are launching their ideas here. More established businesses … are expanding here. And when we foster that kind of innovation and enterprise, it helps create the new jobs that New Yorkers need.
Photo credit: Grace Bello
This week at NYCEDC:
- We heard from Bill Clinton on Applied Sciences NYC (via ABC News)
- We noted New York’s Emmy wins
- We visited the City’s waterfronts (via The New York Times)
- We featured our Bio (Eds & Meds) NYC 2020 initiative
- We encouraged talented engineers to attend SA500
- We saw The High Line make its comic book debut (via NYC Digital)
- We read about our own La Marqueta’s Hot Bread Kitchen in Forbes
- We noted Pearson’s move to NYC, bringing 600 jobs here by summer 2014 (via NYC Digital)
- We visited the 2011 Social Good Summit featuring Geena Davis and Serena Williams
- We asked people on the street what applied sciences means to them
- We heard from Ellen Futter of AMNH on Applied Sciences NYC (via Huffington Post)
- We visited the new Century 21, which brings 376 new jobs to the Upper West Side
- We checked out The Atlantic’s article on Mayor Bloomberg, “mayor of the world”
Have a great weekend, New York City!
Talking About Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
We’ve been discussing the newly opened La Marqueta in Harlem and the Hot Bread Kitchen Incubator inside. HBK Incubator offers affordable commercial kitchen space and training for food entrepreneurs, with a special emphasis on helping immigrant women start their own financially sustainable culinary businesses.
But this isn’t the only program we have that supports the work efforts of minorities and women. Our Opportunity M/W/DBE program encourages the participation of minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged business in NYCEDC projects through efforts like training and workshops, networking opportunities, and assistance with the certification process, among others. Opportunity M/W/DBE is open to both self-identified M/W/DBE businesses and those that are officially certified. However, there are many benefits to M/W/DBE certification and we can help you with that process.
We are also working to make our M/W/DBE support services even better. We will be hosting more workshops and networking events this year and we’re going to make the procurement process more transparent. We have an RFP out for a M/W/DBE Technical Advisor (due February 28, 2011) who will administer a training and assistance program to improve the technical skills of M/W/DBE construction firms. We’re also in the midst of launching a Mobilization Loan Program to increase loan access to M/W/DBE businesses working on our projects.
Check out our website to sign up on our vendor list and find out about our other workforce development programs.