New York State’s food and beverage industry is coming together for a Long Island event you won’t want to miss.
Growth of the Urban Foodscape is where NYS food and beverage companies will connect with public, private, and university resources that can help them grow.
As an attendee at this half-day event, you will:
- Discover funding opportunities
- Talk to technical resources
- Meet with suppliers
- Hear from industry experts
- Find potential distribution channels
- Connect with buyers
- Network with peers
As an exhibitor or resource, you can meet food and beverage companies who are looking to gain an edge.
All participants are invited to donate a non-perishable food item to the FSC Food Pantry, which is supported by Island Harvest.
Thursday, March 16, 2023
8:00 AM – 12:30 PMLocation:
Farmingdale State College
Ballroom in Campus Center
2350 Broadhollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Registration & Breakfast
Formal Event Begins / Welcome Remarks
– Dr. Everton H. Henriques – FuzeHub (MC)
– Dr. John S. Nader – Farmingdale State College
– Cynthia Colón – MTRC (Stony Brook U.)
– Erica Chase-Gregory – Farmingdale SBDC
– Michael Tucker – LIFC
– Elizabeth Lusskin – ESD, Division of Small Business & Technology
Doug Whitcomb, CPO & Founder, Whitson’s Culinary Group
Network / Resource Interactions
– Kim Bawden – P2I at RIT
– Ed Maguire – COE at Cornell AgriTech
– Kevin Byrne – FSQA Solutions, LLC
– Diane Giordano, CPA – Marcum LLP
Moderator – Eric Fasser, FuzeHub
Networking / Resource Interactions
End of Formal Event
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
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Michael Todisco, President of Apprenticeship Connections, has intimate knowledge and first-hand experience with NYDOL Registered Apprenticeship Programs. He understands the policies and produces, along established relationships with the DOL representatives and educational institutions to meet the requirements needed to keep a program in good standings and successful for any company/organization. Their core values are to streamline the process, make it as stress free at possible and do what is necessary to ensure long term growth. Goals are to:
*Educate and guide individuals through alternative career paths that do not require a college degree
*Support employers in starting an apprenticeship program
*Connect apprentices and sponsors
Cornell Center for Materials Research
Empire State Development
The mission of Empire State Development (“ESD”) is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing, and other forms of assistance. The ESD Long Island Regional Office works closely with our economic development partners to support businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities in Nassau and Suffolk to access resources and grow in the region.
Farmingdale State College - SBDC
The New York Small Business Development Center (NYSBDC) provides small business owners and entrepreneurs in New York with the highest quality, confidential business counseling, training, and business research at no cost. This free technical assistance is available to anyone who wants to start a business or who already owns a business. Services range from answering startup and business structure questions to assisting with business plans, cash flow projections, marketing plans, and loan information.
FSQA Solutions, LLC
FSQA Solutions, LLC is a comprehensive food safety consulting firm located in Queens, NY. Specializing in the development of FDA and industry-compliant food safety plans and programs, we have a proven record of successfully working with customers navigate the many food safety and quality requirements facing food businesses today.
Helping New York State’s Manufacturing Industry
FuzeHub provides New York State manufacturers and technology companies with guided access to our extensive network of industry experts, programs and assets to solve productivity, commercialization, research and development issues, and other challenges to growth.
FuzeHub’s programs champion the New York State manufacturing and technology community and provide targeted resources to accelerate manufacturing competitiveness and technology commercialization.
Island Federal Credit Union
Island Federal Credit Union (Island Federal), headquartered in Hauppauge, N.Y., is a not-for-profit, full-service financial institution, providing affordable banking products and services to Long Islanders. Founded in 1955, Island has grown to be among the top performing credit unions in New York State with $1.6 billion in assets, serving nearly 50,000 Members. Island’s successful track record can be attributed to consistently delivering the best rates, no hidden fees, and exceptional service to its Members. When banking at Island, Members have access to a complete menu of loan and deposit products, including Cash Back Checking accounts, Certificate accounts, IRAs, Auto loans, Mortgage, Home Equity loans and lines, a Credit Mastercard®.
La Fuerza CDC
La Fuerza is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides technical assistance, credit counseling, and micro-loans to small businesses on Long Island. La Fuerza’s mission is to promote sustainable economic growth in Long Island by providing minority and women owned enterprises access to capital, business development services and other tools which will create jobs, community wealth and long-term prosperity.
Marcum LLP’s Food & Beverage Services group has the perfect recipe of knowledge and service capabilities to help you stay flexible. Our professionals provide the accounting, tax, and consulting services so that you can concentrate on the growth of your business.
Just as our service capabilities are diverse, so, too, are the types of food and beverage clients we serve, including distributors and manufacturers, importers, restaurant chains, processors and packaging, agribusinesses, and retailers.
Marcum is a national accounting and advisory services firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurial, middle-market companies and high net worth individuals achieve their goals. Since 1951, clients have chosen Marcum for our deep expertise an