It's more than food… The inspiration behind the “JP Mac-Off”
Have you ever been offered the opportunity to live your dream? Or the chance to have a meaningful impact on others while doing what you love? Thankfully, with the support of a wonderful organization, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), I have. As the founder and owner of Gourmet Diva I know firsthand how intimidating it can be to set out on an “eventful” entrepreneurial journey. JPNDC helps me and many others navigate this path by providing small business owners with direction and resources. When I called JPNDC to discuss the difficulties I was having getting information about licensing, I received a warm response from one of the business counselors at JPNDC who stated, “Don't worry; no more calling; come on in, and we will work it out.”
Earlier this year I had a dream that Gourmet Diva would host a macaroni and cheese cook-off. In the dream people brought their best macaroni and cheese dishes to be judged at an event that boasted a day of fun, music, and positive people. When I awoke from my dream I quickly documented it and thought, “I could really make this dream a reality!”
While I was excited about this new vision, I knew a key element was missing. I'm philanthropist at heart, so when I host an event I think about how the event can serve a larger purpose. Like JPNDC, I know that small businesses are vital to neighborhoods, as they can help foster neighborhood pride, and they serve as great community investments. Because JPNDC is a wonderful organization that is committed to supporting small businesses in Jamaica Plain, I knew they would be a willing and supportive partner in helping to produce the “JP Mac-Off”.
Please join me in supporting JPNDC’s Small Business Development Program by attending an event that promises to be fun and full of good food! With your support, we can help JPNDC provide entrepreneurs in Jamaica Plain access to the loans and technical resources they need to fulfill their dreams and improve our community. To support this event you can either become a contestant, or be our guest on December 5th! For more information about the “Inaugural JP Mac-Off” click on the entry form below or enter online and send in our form by October 15th. I look forward to you seeing you there!