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SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 9, 2018) – The City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department has entered into a partnership with the Maestro Entrepreneur Center to provide free access for Launch SA entrepreneurs to use the Center’s commercial kitchen. Through this collaborative partnership, the City approved $50,000 for the Maestro Entrepreneur Center to provide 1,200 hours of free commercial kitchen access to enhance the services and programs provided by Launch SA such as Break Fast and Launch, a 10-week culinary business accelerator that culminates in a demo-day event showcasing the talents of the participating entrepreneurs.
“At Launch SA we've seen the need for a commercial kitchen for a while. It's great to see that partners like the Maestro Entrepreneur Center are filling a much needed gap in our community and helping entrepreneurs grow towards sustainability,” said Ryan Salts, Director of Launch SA. Launch SA started in 2014 as a partnership between the City of San Antonio and LiftFund, a non-profit small business microlender, to provide entrepreneurial support for residents who are in the ideation phase or have an existing business. By participating in Launch SA Programs, entrepreneurs can access free specialty training, workshops, tailored support, and resources to start and grow their businesses.
“This partnership strengthens the City’s support of local culinary entrepreneurs,” said Michael Sindon, Assistant Director at the City’s Economic Development Department. “The free commercial kitchen access provided by the Maestro Entrepreneur Center, combined with the tools and value that entrepreneurs gain through Launch SA’s programs, gives culinary entrepreneurs the best chance at starting their business successfully.”
The Maestro Entrepreneur Center, a small business incubator located in a federally designated Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone, is a partnership with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that has a mission to help small, minority, and women-owned businesses grow. The center offers incubation space for office, warehouse, and commercial kitchen usage as well as an array of acceleration training provided by successful business owners who volunteer to provide guidance. The center also provides small businesses with networking and business opportunities by working directly with buyers who are ready to utilize their services.
“The benefit for entrepreneurs going through our program, whether they speak English or Spanish, is being able to have a commercial kitchen to call their own and to be able to cook and prepare their products,” said Julissa Carielo, Board Chair of the Maestro Entrepreneur Center. “This is a location that will help participants get used to following all the requirements needed to run a successful business, while taking advantage of a very low rate which will help them keep more of their funds in their businesses.”
To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Launch SA at 210.598.6623 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the entrepreneurial center located within the San Antonio Downtown Library at 600 Soledad Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205.