Transformational Gift for Commercial Kitchen Supporting Greensboro Food Entrepreneurs

A $20,000 grant from the Crescent Rotary Club Foundation that will be used to convert an area of ​​the Nussbaum Center into a much-needed commercial kitchen.

Food entrepreneurship has long been a gateway to financial independence in underserved communities.”

— People’s Market and Corner Farmers’ Market.

GREENSBORO, NC, USA, Nov. 29, 2022 / — The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship (NCFE) has received a $20,000 grant from The Crescent Rotary Club Foundation to be used to convert an area of ​​NCFE’s building into a commercial kitchen, which Once completed, it will be available for hourly rental to food industry entrepreneurs.

This project is part of an effort, in collaboration with The People’s Market and The Corner Farmers Market, to create an equitable food space for entrepreneurs in an area that is both an opportunity zone and a food desert. On-site education will include business planning and development classes, as well as access to capital assistance.

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The $20,000 grant, in addition to $5,000 previously received from the NC Business Incubator Association, will cover plumbing, electrical and equipment upgrades.

“This project has many community benefits,” said NCFE CEO Sam Funchess. “Building a commercial kitchen within our business incubator will not only benefit a variety of food businesses, it will also increase the availability of local, healthy and affordable food products and food-related employment in an area.”

Jay Harris, President of The Crescent Rotary Club Foundation, said, “The Crescent Rotary Club Foundation is thrilled to partner with NCFE on this exciting and much-needed project. “Around the world, Rotary strives to support projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for local entrepreneurs. Creating an equitable commercial space for food industry entrepreneurs at the Nussbaum Center has the added benefit of meeting a very pressing need in Greensboro. Crescent Rotary sees this project as truly impactful and we are grateful for the opportunity to play a meaningful role in its development.”

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In a letter of support, The People’s Market Manager Shanta Woody and Corner Farmers Market Manager Cathy Newsom said: “Food entrepreneurship has long been a gateway to financial independence in underserved communities. Without dedicated manufacturing and storage space that fits their start-up budget, our vendors are severely limited in how much they can grow.”

“We want to see growth in food-related employment and success,” said NCFE President Lisa Hazlett. “We expect that there will be a need for additional kitchen and food production facilities, and this project, which will be expanded over time by The Steelhouse Project facilities, will be a great opportunity to provide that.”

The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and is a magnet and supportive partner for entrepreneurs, providing the services every young business needs to succeed and grow. The steelhouse, adjacent to the existing NCFE facility, is a major redevelopment project that will bring new life to the massive historic Carolina steel structure. The redevelopment will transform existing raw space into a flexible, scalable facility that meets the needs of new types of businesses. For more information:

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