It’s a good day in the office when Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) stops in to drop of a giant $1 million check. These funds are earmarked for our $12.5 million Food Business Incubation Center. Modeled after The Hatchery in Chicago, this Food Business Incubation Center will provide commercial kitchen space and other facilities for the many NEON entrepreneurs who operate food businesses. (See video below.)
A couple weeks after Rep. Omar’s May 4 visit, General Mills shared more good news. The Fortune 500 food giant is supporting our Northside Food Business Incubator program with a grant of $360,000. Forty percent of NEON entrepreneurs operate in a food-related industry. These entrepreneurs are building wealth and creating jobs in North Minneapolis while providing much needed goods and services for our community.