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Cater with a FIN business!

  FIN is happy to connect you with a catering business participating in our culinary business incubator program. The businesses we work with each offer a unique menu with dishes cooked from scratch. Mian Dian, Rekebot Coffee House, Soozveen, Swahili Cuisine cook up dishes and flavors from China, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Kenya. They can cater for private or community events, festivals, business lunches, etc. Not sure which business to work with? We can help you figure it out! If you have an event coming up, please fill out this catering request form and a FIN representative will be in touch soon. FIN’s culinary business incubator program works with low-income and immigrant food businesses to transition from the informal economy to a formal business. Catering is an essential component of their start-up business model, and we want to connect these talented entrepreneurs to you… the customer!

 

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SeaTac’s first farm stand This Thursday, 4-6pm at Matt Griffin YMCA. Get local fruits and vegetables.

SeaTac’s first farm stand at the Matt Griffin YMCA.  . Come shop for local fruits and vegetables at the farm stand this Thursday, from 4-6pm at the Matt Griffin YMCA. This week we’ll have cherries, peaches, apricots, apples, carrots, rainbow chard, sugar snap peas, salad mix and zucchini! Come on opening day and get a FREE COOKBOOK! What’s cookin’? WSU’s Food $ense will be doing cooking demos—sharing easy, healthy recipes you can use with produce bought from the stands. The Eating Well for Less cookbook features recipes and tips for eating on a budget. Recipes are kid-tested!

 

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SeaTac Community Garden – Accepting Applications!

SeaTac's first community garden (located at North SeaTac Park) is now accepting applications! See the garden application for more details: CommunityGardenApplication_2017

 

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Urban Agriculture Convening Update

In June, FIN hosted a second convening with organizations working in urban agriculture throughout South King County. The group discussed how as a network we can connect people to resources and land to farm or garden. As an initial step, the group began to create an inventory of community gardens, urban farms and related programs happening now. The group- the South King County Urban Ag Networks now meets quarterly and has listserv to share info and resources. If you are interested in learning more and joining the group, please contact Sheelan at sheelan@foodinnovationnetwork.org.  

 

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South King County BDT’s-Outreach-Curso en español

South King County BDT's-Outreach – SeaTac Course in Spanish Orientation Date*: Wednesday August 02, 2017 5:30-9:00 pm *Attendance required to apply for the Business Development Training.

Class Dates & Time: Wednesday nights 6-9 pm, August 9-October 4 Spanish: ¿Usted vive al sur del condado de King y tiene una idea de negocio que le gustaría realizar? ¿Tiene un negocio establecido que quisiera crecer? ¡Véngase a la orientación gratuita de Ventures! Este verano 2017, Ventures y el Food Innovation Network ofrecerán esta oportunidad para empresarios en ¡SeaTac, WA! En una sola sesión, usted aprenderá de cómo el programa de Ventures le podría ayudar a crecer su negocio o su idea de negocio y tendrán la oportunidad de aplicar por nuestro curso inicial para empresarios de pequeños negocios. La orientación es el miércoles 02 de agosto 2017 de las 5:30-9:00 pm, y por primera vez la vamos a ofrecer ¡en SeaTac! La dirección de la orientación: 4040 S 188th St, SeaTac, WA 98188. Espacio es limitado y hay que inscribirse. ¡Más información e inscripción AQUÍ! O también se puede marcar al 206-352-1945 para inscribirse. Location: Lutheran Community Services NW: 4040 188th St., SeaTac, WA 98188 How to register: Online HERE or call 206-352-1945 (se habla español) Cost: Orientation is FREE! If accepted, $50, $100, or $200 class fee based on income

 

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South King County BDT’s-Outreach

SeaTac Course in English  English: Calling all entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in South King County! Do you have a business idea you’d like to pursue, or an existing business you’d like to grow? Register for the Ventures Orientation in SeaTac on Monday, September 11! Ventures and the Food Innovation Network are partnering to offer the first-ever business training in SeaTac. You’ll get an opportunity to learn about our program for small business owners with limited resources and apply for our 8-week Business Development Training course. The orientation is free and will be at Lutheran Community Services NW in SeaTac: 4040 S 188th St., SeaTac, 98188. Registration is required to attend, so click here to register now or call 206-352-1945 to register via phone or for more information.

Orientation Date*: Monday September 11, 2017 5:30-9:00 pm *Attendance required to apply for the Business Development Training. Class Dates & Time: Monday nights 6-9 pm, September 18-November 13 Location: 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle, 98144 How to register: Online HERE or call 206-352-1945 (se habla español) Cost: Orientation is FREE! If accepted, $50, $100, or $200 class fee based on income. **Full scholarships available upon request so cost is not a barrier to attend**

 

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Kitchen space Survey

  We need your input. The Port of Seattle is conducting a market assessment for a shared kitchen and food processing/packaging space that will serve the needs of food businesses in our region. We are supporting this effort through distribution of a survey to our members to gain your perspective on the needs of food entrepreneurs and businesses, including equipment, facilities, services and other assistance that would be valuable to you, as well as to share the challenges you face in starting or growing your business. Two leading consultants on food business incubation programs, Business Cluster Development and Food Spectrum, have been hired by the Port to guide a Seattle area needs assessment.  We appreciate your support and the survey will only take 10-15 minutes.  Please complete the survey no later than June 23rd.   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M2CVWZJ

 

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Healthy Kids Day

Last Saturday, FIN advocates, along with other partners, attended the YMCA's Healthy Kids Day and hosted a cooking station to demonstrate to kids and parents how fun and easy it is to eat healthy food. Here's what Gladis had to say about the experience: "It was a great experience for me to participate in the Healthy kids event at Matt Griffin YMCA. It was the first time that I have the opportunity to teach hands on how to make guacamole, which is a food that represents my culture  and it is also a healthy dip made from vegetables.I really enjoy knowing that a healthy recipe can  make a difference in somebody's life,  especially with children and since this event was family friendly, many families could taste and learn from scratch how to make this food.I am very thankful to FIN for  give me the chance to connect with the community through food."                     - Gladis Clemente   [gallery ids="1449,1450,1451,1452,1453" orderby="rand"]

 

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The 2nd Annual FIN Resource Fair is Here!

We are excited to host the 2nd Annual FIN Resource Fair May 12th from 5:30-8pm at Foster High School. This year we will be bringing together resources for both entrepreneurs and community members. Folks can get help starting a food business, finding a job in the food industry, or taking food and nutrition classes. More than 20 resource providers will be participating. We will have fun children’s activities and feature food from the FIN entrepreneurs.  Join us in celebrating the diversity of South King County through food! If you are interested in coming or want to invite others, visit us on Facebook.

 

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It’s official…FIN Entrepreneurs have launched!

FIN is excited to support the launch of four new local caterers cooking out of our shared commercial kitchen in Kent. The catering businesses each received a small start-up grant and reduced rent fees and are now fully licensed and insured caterers. FIN partner, Project Feast, is a core tenant, training culinary apprentices who operate the lunch cafe, Cafe Ubuntu. FIN is working closely with partners Ventures, StartZone and Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship to ensure each entrepreneur is matched with a business coach, receives ongoing training and identifies market opportunities such as catering events, farmers markets, and festivals. The seven entrepreneurs are operating under 4 catering businesses and will be cooking up cuisines from around the world. Swahili Seattle Food, Soozveen, Rekebot Coffee House and Mian Dian cater dishes and flavors from Kenya, Iraq, Ethiopia and China. Many thanks for the support from Seattle Foundation, Communities of Opportunity, Port of Seattle, and City of Kent. Their generous support has helped FIN and partners to build out the commercial kitchen and ensure the entrepreneurs and apprentices have the support services needed. And a special thank you to Project Feast for spending the many hours managing the remodeling project!   If you have a catering or special event coming up, please give a FIN entrepreneur a call!

 

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