October 1, 2016
By Neal Tepel
New York, NY —The NYC Food & Beverage Hospitality Council has been launched. This alliance of over 30 leading NYC industry professionals and businesses has come together to promote the 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.
“We can think of few things that are as urgent as improving New York’s job quality while creating opportunities for employers as well as workers,” said Patricia Jenny, chair of NYC Workforce Funders, a collaboration of private and corporate foundations housed at The New York Community Trust. “Continuing our 12-year partnership with the Department of Small Business Services, we are pleased to support the NYC Food and Beverage Hospitality Council.”
To address the challenges facing the industry, the council plans to 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. The council will also be assisting small businesses navigate the regulatory environment.
“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,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “My office is pleased to bring such a talented group of restauranteurs, 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.”