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Big move for Great Performances catering

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Great Performances, the largest woman-owned catering and food service company in New York City, will relocate from Manhattan to the South Bronx.

As part of the relocation, Great Performances will create 181 new jobs and retain 451 jobs.

The company will also invest $4.4 million in outfitting an over 40,000 s/f space to accommodate new kitchens, warehouse space, purchasing department, design studio, training space, support offices and The Sylvia Center, a non-profit dedicated to teaching nutrition and cooking to children and their families in high potential neighborhoods.

“New York couldn’t be prouder of our efforts to ensure women-owned businesses – especially creative, sustainable and forward-thinking ones like Great Performances – have the opportunity to grow and thrive in this state,” Governor Cuomo said.

“With its new headquarters, Great Performances will be able to expand operations, hire more staff and share its success with new neighbors in the South Bronx and beyond. That’s a recipe for success.”

Originally founded in 1980 as a waitress service for women in the arts who wanted a flexible way to supplement their income, Great Performances has grown into a leading catering and events company in New York.

In addition to working with partners like the Plaza Hotel, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Wave Hill, Great Performances promotes sustainable food practices through its organic farm in Upstate New York, educates children about healthy eating, and offers an emerging artist scholarship to service staff.

“The Bronx is a promising new home for us. We are thrilled about the talent and creativity in Mott Haven and beyond,” Liz Neumark, Founder and CEO of Great Performances, said. “We look forward to being active community members and growing together with our new neighbors.”

ESD will provide an $880,000 grant, awarded by the New York City Regional Economic Development Council. The grant is contingent on Great Performances investing in machinery and other equipment for their new location and creating new jobs in the South Bronx.

Winston Fisher, Partner at Fisher Brothers and NYC REDC Co-Chair, said, “The New York City REDC’s goal is to create inclusive economic growth – and this project is a perfect example of that work. Supporting businesses like Great Performances as they expand will help ensure that New Yorkers in every neighborhood are able to share our growing economy.”

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