Wolf Administration Celebrates Launch of the Nation’s First Bakery Incubator

State-Supported Incubator to Assist Emerging Bakers in Launching Careers

Pittsburgh, PA – Today Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin joined local leaders and partners in a cake-cutting ceremony for The Bakery Society Pittsburgh, a bakery incubator supporting a cohort of bakers-in-residence in the Mount Oliver neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County.

“This project has the right ingredients to have a lasting impact on multiple facets of the community. Not only will The Bakery Society Pittsburgh be providing hands-on training to bakers, the community will benefit from a filled storefront and a local place to purchase fresh-baked goods,” said Secretary Davin. “I’m excited to watch the careers of the four bakers starting in the incubator today as their careers flourish and they open their own bakeries in the years to come.”

The bakery incubator makes use of the former Kullman’s Bakery, a family-owned business that closed in 2013 after more than 60 years of operation. Four bakers-in-residence have been selected and will use the facility as a training ground in all aspects of bakery operations, including finance, business strategy, and recipe experimentation. Baked goods produced by the bakers-in-residence will be sold out of the building’s storefront, creating a small downtown business for locals. After the 12- to 18-month training program, the bakers-in-residence will begin operating independently and profit share with the incubator, creating a funding source for the next cohort of bakers.

“It’s not every day that investment can impact the future of multiple businesses, but with the support of the Neighborhood Partnership Program, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Governor Wolf’s commitment to developing an ecosystem where small businesses can thrive, The Bakery Society Pittsburgh is able to immediately cultivate five businesses this year alone,” said Jami Pasquinelli, executive director of The Bakery Society Pittsburgh. “We are excited to bring the world’s first bakery incubator to Pittsburgh.”

The Bakery Society Pittsburgh was made possible through state support a Neighborhood Partnership Program, which encourages local community revitalization projects, in conjunction with Economic Development South, the Hillman Family Foundations, the Allegheny Conference — Strengthening Communities Partnership, Bridgeway Capital, and multiple corporate sponsors.

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