According to the "2015 Cook County Food Access Plan” there are over 760,000 residents in Cook County who are food insecure, meaning they lack access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle. More than 30% of the food insecurity is found in the suburbs. The cost of food insecurity in terms of healthcare cost, poor educational outcomes, and lost productivity requires a coordinated, collaborative, local and county-wide response."
As local, and regional government examine ways to successfully grow the local economy, a variety of business incubation models are prominent in the discussions. For more than 50 years, business incubators have been helping entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses, supporting innovation and providing startups with ease-of-market-entry, business assistance and access to capital and human resources. And because these programs provide targeted business assistance to young firms at their earliest stages of development – when they’re most vulnerable – business incubators help support new ventures that have a greater-than-average chance of success.
The SESA WO SUBAN Organic Market Farms Business Incubation Program (OMFBIP) is a 2-5 year managed environment where resident growers can develop, test and refine their business practices and strategies prior to market entry. OMFBIP aim is addressing several fundamental issues plaguing emerging economies including household income, employment and quality food access. To accomplish this, OMFBIP will increase the number sustainable African-American market farms operating in emerging economies, create employment opportunities and increase access to fresh produce for residents.
F.U.T.U.R.E. Foundation Inc., is a 501©3 not-for-profit organization established in 1987 to promote, encourage, and foster products and services designed to improve the quality of life.