The New York City Department of Small Business Services today announced the creation of the NYC Food & Beverage Hospitality Council, an alliance of over 30 leading NYC industry professionals and businesses to promote the sustained growth of the local food and beverage industry. With over 19,000 restaurants across New York City, the industry is vital to the local economy.
To address the challenges facing the industry, the goals of the NYC Food & Beverage Hospitality Council include:
Address the industry’s skills gap and labor shortage by promoting training opportunities that will also open the door to greater upward mobility for workers;
Help small business navigate the regulatory environment; and
Monitor industry trends and define operational changes businesses can implement to meet various challenges.
The council will offer a culinary-training and apprenticeship program for New Yorkers who are seeking employment opportunities in the industry. Participants will undergo an intensive skills training program and then be placed in a local restaurant where they will be employed and have the opportunity to hone their newly-obtained skills.
“By aligning the needs of small businesses in the food service industry and the professional skills of workers, this council will promote economic growth and upward mobility for many New Yorkers,” saidGregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “My office is pleased to bring such a talented group of restaurateurs, chefs, and operators together to better understand the changing landscape within this industry and to offer guidance to budding entrepreneurs and employees in the industry.”