Harlem Buyer Fair a Success!

February 07, 2018

The Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center hosted a Harlem Buyer Fair to connect local food, body care and gift vendors with buyers from Whole Foods, FreshDirect, Columbia Dining and more. Participating vendors had completed the Harlem Local Vendor Program, a business accelerator program designed to provide local Harlem vendors with the opportunity to exhibit their products for Whole Foods Market foragers/buyers, Columbia University procurement representatives and other program procurement partners. The objective of the program is to provide a platform to assist local Harlem vendors/suppliers seeking to scale their businesses and successfully secure procurement contracts with program retail, restaurant and institutional partners. To date, the HLVP program has assisted with securing supplier partnerships for twenty (20+) Harlem based vendors with retail and institutional partners including Whole Foods Market, Macy’s, Fresh Direct and Columbia University Dining Program.