We are just two weeks from completing the business plan draft for FIN Center at the Matt Griffin YMCA. Next steps include having a joint meeting with Pilot Kitchen Work Group to ensure the work happening there will inform the programming at the FIN Center, slated to open 2018.
FIN is seeking a creative individual to be a communications and social media point person. This intern will be responsible for monitoring and managing several social media and communications platforms — including Facebook and Twitter — managing and updating FIN’s monthly content calendar, and producing FIN’s bi-monthly newsletter. See position description for more information and details on how to apply.
Anchor tenant and FIN partner Project Feast, is working hard with us to get the Pilot Kitchen ready to use. Project Feast’s apprentice program and the first FIN entrepreneur cohort will begin using the space in August this year. Stay tuned for photos!
After over 6 months of looking, FIN has officially secured a space for our Pilot Kitchen, located in the Kent Partnership Development Building. We faced many challenges trying to find an available kitchen space within SeaTac or Tukwila; reinforcing the timeliness of our work and dedication to creating durable resources in SeaTac and Tukwila. It is in the Pilot Kitchen that we will work to test our service coordination and model business incubation with the first cohort of FIN entrepreneurs. This work will help us become ready to enter the FIN Center, slated to open in 2018.
The steering committee recently approved a charter that clarifies roles and expectations and has set a goal to increase representation of community members to 50% of the committee. In the next couple months each working group will get to weigh in our plan for recruiting and onboarding new members. Recruitment will not begin for several months. If you would like to learn more or discuss, please contact us.
We are moving along on the business plan for the Food Innovation Center. This month the FIN Center working group and business team are discussing the financial model, partnership selection criteria and project schedule (e.g. fundraising, construction, etc.). The plan is on target to be completed early July.
Resource Fair participants showed interest in local food business tours. The Community Engagement working group will be coordinating the tours. If you know of any local restaurants, processing companies, farmers markets, or bakeries that would be open to giving a tour, please let us know.
The entrepreneurs had their first meeting together today. We had a great discussion on peer learning opportunities, business development trainings and rent structures for the pilot kitchen space. The entrepreneurs will begin meeting monthly and will be doing a training on pricing this month. Meanwhile, we continue exploring other kitchen facilities in the area and have a couple leads.
What a success! We had over 80 people attend the FIN Resource Fair on April 29. We had over a dozen service providers tabling and several inspiring speakers, whose stories you can read in this month and July's spotlights. Check out the photo album that Community Advocate Sheelan Shamdeen put together. We heard a lot of great feedback and are excited to say that there are many new events in the works for the second half of 2016. We will be coordinating workshops among the FIN providers and organizing field trips to local businesses and farmer’s markets. Stay tuned for more!