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The Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship‘s (NCFE) Creating Equitable Food Spaces pilot project will convert an area of their building into a commercial kitchen that will be available to food industry entrepreneurs for hourly rental. We are excited to support an initiative that fosters a local economy where small business creation, ownership and success are equally accessible to all residents, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or other identities.

“This commercial kitchen will be a great asset to the community. Its benefits are trifold. Not only will it provide much-needed commercial space to a wide variety of food businesses, it will also increase the availability of local, healthy and affordable food products and food-related employment in an area that is currently underserved,” said Sam Funchess, CEO of NCFE.

Thrilled to see what a new community kitchen will look like at NCFE!

Cone Health Foundation joins Crescent Rotary Club Foundation, North Carolina Business Incubator Association, Pinnacle Financial Partners, and Stanley and Dorothy Frank Family Foundation as funding partners in a project that will provide tools to help women, minorities and refugees who are disadvantaged, unemployed or underemployed develop skills that move them toward economic self-sufficiency.