Applications for first cohort close on February 16.
Informational webinar to be held on January 24.
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA – January 17, 2018 – The Bakery Society Pittsburgh (TBSP) will open its doors later this spring and is seeking bakers of various levels to participate in its launch. Located in Mt. Oliver Borough just south of the city of Pittsburgh, TBSP is the first known bakery incubator of its kind in the U.S. and will provide entrepreneurial training and support to individuals seeking to develop their aspiring bakery businesses, as well as an opportunity for those baking as a hobby to share their products and expertise.
The Bakery Society Pittsburgh is an initiative of Economic Development South (EDS), which provides economic development strategy and support to the Mt. Oliver-Knoxville area through a Neighborhood Partnership Program, or NPP. NPP is a tax credit program provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Direct funding for TBSP, however, comes from the Pittsburgh philanthropic community, with major funding support provided by the Hillman Foundation.
“We have seen so much support for this unique project,” said Tim Hindes, Chief Marketing Officer for EDS. “You can sense the energy this project is creating with our project team, with Mt. Oliver Borough, and with the public. It’s been pretty…sweet.” (Pun intended) …in fact, TBSP’s promotions feature 90’s song lyrics combined with bakery puns to engage their audiences.
TBSP is looking to engage three types of bakers for their program:
As he flagship program of The Bakery Society Pittsburgh, bakers in residence undergo an intensive eighteen-month incubation period to refine not only their technical skills but holistically develop themselves as leaders in the culinary field. With guidance of TBSP staff and partners, these full-time bakers receive on-going training in marketing and financial skills necessary to create their own businesses throughout the region.
Tenant bakers work with experienced bakers to advertise their product to the South Hills. In a partnership with TBSP, bakers provide a well-conceptualized product to be sold at TBSP, receiving a percentage of profit. Tenant bakers are given access to the TBSP space and equipment throughout the partnership.
Whether baking for one hundred or one thousand, community bakers have access to the TBSP space and equipment. And with additional staff support, these bakers also receive assistance in improving their technical skills. For some, the community baker position may serve as a step towards the baker-in-residence position. For others, it may simply serve as the beginning of a lasting partnership with TBSP.
“This is a one-of-a-kind model developed to fill a community need and provide entrepreneurial training to new bakery business hopefuls in our region,” said Jami Pasquinelli, Director of Community Projects and Initiatives at EDS. “By aligning funding support to provide a ready-to-use bakery, we are able to accept bakers into the program who are very early-stage in their concepts and businesses.”
TBSP will be housed in the former Kullman’s bakery, located at 225 Brownsville Rad, which closed its doors several years ago when the family retired from the business. As a vacant storefront on Brownsville Road, EDS in partnership with Mt. Oliver Borough, purchased and are in the process of rehabbing the property. Construction is currently underway of TBSP, which hopes to open in May 2018. While some equipment was able to remain from the former bakery, TBSP is currently seeking connections to additional used equipment to round out its kitchen.
While applications for all baker positions are accepted on a rolling basis, the deadline for consideration for the first cohort is February 16. Applications are available on the TBSP website. Interested potential bakers are also invited to participate in an informational webinar on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00 PM ET. Registration for the webinar is available at http://webinar.tbspgh.com.
For more information about TBSP, visit https://tbspgh.com.
About The Bakery Society Pittsburgh
The Bakery Society Pittsburgh (TBSP) is the region’s first and only bakery incubator. Powered by Economic Development South and the Hillman Foundation, we launch in May 2018 to propel emerging bakers into successful careers. Whether a part of TBSP’s incubator program or community kitchen, bakers have the opportunity to elevate their craft and themselves as brands. And though based in Mt. Oliver Borough, The Bakery Society of Pittsburgh inspires bakers to give something sweet back to their community—wherever it is. https://tbspgh.com
About Economic Development South
Economic Development South (EDS) is a unique multi-municipal, corridor-based community development corporation that encompasses a significant portion of the South Pittsburgh/South Hills region of Allegheny County. Combined, our communities total nearly 13,000 residents and over 4,000 businesses. The mission of EDS is to strengthen the business and residential communities by building innovative partnerships throughout neighborhoods south of Pittsburgh. http://www.econdevsouth.org