At Ventures, our philosophy is that without great partnerships, it’s challenging to make an impact in the sector of micro enterprise development. For the past few years, the SeaTac-Tukwila Food Innovation Network (FIN), a collective impact group supported by Communities of Opportunity, has been an integral partner to Ventures. Specifically, as it relates to our work in small food business incubation and development.
Who is FIN?
FIN’s mission is to enhance the local food system, increase access to healthy food, create pathways for success, and support resource and idea-sharing that engages the diverse communities of SeaTac/Tukwila and South King County.
FIN uses a collective impact model to bring diverse expertise and experiences from various organizations together. Their network includes organizations, educational institutions, local government, and community members. As they are not an independent non-profit organization, the non-profit Global to Local currently acts as the backbone and financial agent for the Food Innovation Network.
Ventures and FIN intersect at the crossroads of food and entrepreneurship. We have been a service provider for the Pilot Kitchen project and have helped with the FIN Resource Fair. Ventures also shares best practices for supporting micro-entrepreneurs in monthly steering committee meetings and through smaller workgroups. This fall, with the support of FIN, we are hosting two Business Basics courses, Spanish and English, at Lutheran Community Services in SeaTac. We are grateful for all the work the Food Innovation Network is doing in the community and are excited to be part of it.
If you know of anyone that could benefit from our programs, have them sign-up for our next Orientation!