Woonsocket, RI, June 1, 2017: On Saturday, June 3rdat 11:30am, Congressman David Cicilline, Treasurer Seth Magaziner, and local food entrepreneurs will join NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley to cut the ribbon on the Kitchen @ 40 S. Main Street, Woonsocket, officially opening it for business. This kitchen is designed to incubate small food entrepreneurs, support local businesses, and promote economic growth right here in Woonsocket, and throughout Rhode Island. All are invited to join in the celebration which will conclude with food samples made by future kitchen members.
The event will open with NWBRV’s executive director Joe Garlick, a welcome from the city of Woonsocket, and remarks from Eve Keobounthanh; an aspiring food entrepreneur with a product called Jeow by Eve K. Next, Congressman David Cicilline and Treasurer Seth Magaziner will discuss the importance of incubating small businesses and the impact that these new food entrepreneurs will have on Rhode Island’s economy. The event will conclude with the kitchen’s ribbon cutting ceremony, tours of the kitchen, and sampling of food items made by future kitchen members.
Samples will be available from:
- Rustic Roots Baking
- Jeow by Eve K.
- Sue’s Cajunaise
Following the ribbon cutting, all are invited to visit the Inaugural Market @ Market Square; which is the start of a 12 Saturday series of Markets at 40 S. Main Street. The markets serve to highlight local artists, crafters, food entrepreneurs, and farmers.
Individuals interested in starting their own food business should visit: http://neighborworksbrv.org/rent-or-lease/kitchen-2/ or contact Tamara Burman, the Health, Business, and Cultural Activator for 40 South Main (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The ribbon cutting launches 2017 NeighborWorks Week (June 3-10), during which NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley and other NeighborWorks organizations across the country will mobilize tens of thousands of residents, business people and government officials in a week of neighborhood change and awareness; including painting and landscaping properties, recognizing successful partnerships and hosting a number of events that educate, train and inform.
Additional events from NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley include:
- 6/3, 9:00am-12:30am: Landlord Training, 231 Douglas Ave., Providence
- 6/3, 9:00am-12:30am: Homebuyer Education (Spanish), 719 Front St., Unit 101, Woonsocket
- 6/3, 9:15am-10am: Zumba Gold Fitness, 40 S. Main St., Woonsocket
- 6/3, 12pm-4pm: Saturday Market @ Market Square, 40 S. Main St., Woonsocket
- 6/5, 6pm-8pm: Homebuyer Education (English), 719 Front St., Unit 101, Woonsocket
- 6/8, 6pm-8pm: Financial Citizens Saving & Banking, 120 Prospect St., Woonsocket
- 6/8, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Gallery Opening, 40 S. Main St., Woonsocket
- 6/9, 5:30pm -9pm: Youth Center Pot Luck Block Party, 179 Sayles St., Woonsocket
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is part of the national NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In 2016, the NeighborWorks network helped 360,000 individuals and families with affordable housing and counseling. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.