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CFCC and Genesis Block Collaborate to Pioneer Food Incubator for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Block Eatz
Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College and Genesis Block are proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership to foster innovation and support for aspiring local entrepreneurs in the culinary industry. The collaboration resulted in the establishment of Block Eatz, a food hall incubator that provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to test the viability of their restaurant concepts. This incubator is the first of its kind in our region and is an initiative to encourage small business owners and boost economic growth within our community.

Block Eatz is a launchpad for culinary entrepreneurs, offering a comprehensive support system encompassing various aspects of restaurant operations. Participants in the program have access to a fully equipped commercial kitchen and mentorship from industry professionals. This invaluable combination of resources enables entrepreneurs to experiment with their culinary concepts, refine their skills, and develop a solid business plan before investing in a standalone restaurant venture.

In addition, the food hall incubator serves as a pathway to CFCC’s Culinary Program. By providing a shared space where aspiring chefs, entrepreneurs, and food enthusiasts can come together, Block Eatz creates a dynamic environment for culinary exploration. As a bridge between passion and education, this unique collaboration encourages aspiring culinary professionals to pursue their dreams while enhancing their chances of success in the ever-evolving culinary industry.

“I am immensely proud of our collaboration with Genesis Block,” said Jim Morton, CFCC President. “By uniting the resources and expertise of our diverse community, we have created a dynamic space where aspiring culinary entrepreneurs can thrive. This effort fosters culinary talent, cultivates a spirit of entrepreneurship, and provides valuable experiential learning opportunities for our students.”

“Genesis Block is honored to partner with Cape Fear Community College to establish Block Eatz as a platform for aspiring and established local food entrepreneurs to commercialize their concepts,” said Girard Newkirk, Co-founder and CEO of Genesis Block. “This deepens our relationship with CFCC and the Small Business Center, serving as the first point of contact for many future business owners in our region. We now have connected direct food service operational experience with entrepreneurship to lower the barriers and risks for local food entrepreneurs. A true collaboration of quality education, skills training, and structured support from ideation to commercialization.”

Block Eatz will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Block Eatz is open to the public.

For more information about Block Eatz or to inquire about participation, contact info@genesisblockilm.com.

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