Sylvia's, Golden Krust set pace for growing food industry
Despite the success of Golden Krust, state leaders want to improve their service to minority businesss. Although New York State has had legislation requiring monitoring of procurement with minority businesses for 30 years, not every agency participated. A new task force named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo reports that every agency has now completed a master goals plan in 2012.
Job Creation and Innovation: State of Black Business, 9th edition notes that black-owned businesses received $55 million in state contracts in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the last year for which records are available. The 9th annual National Black Business Month
During the first six months of fiscal year 2012, federal agencies spent $48 million with New York African-American companies, led by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Although New York has more black firms than any other state, its success in gaining federal contracts for them trails other states.
Rich in cultural landmarks such as the Schomburg Center, New York presents an Underground Railroad Heritage Trail including Harriet Tubman's house and John Brown's gravesite.
In August, Sylvia Woods, the queen of Soul Food, celebrates the 50th anniversary of her Harlem restaurant, which has now become an international food brand. She is among the 50 Top Names in Black Food being honored in Harlem on Aug. 1.
Another food manufacturer among the 50 Top Names, Baldwin Richardson Foods, has two factories in New York. Others include B. Smith and Marcus Samuelssen.