Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Small Business Success Story - Fusion East

Each year the New York Small Business Development Center recognizes outstanding small businesses in a variety of ways.  This Success Story from the  Brooklyn SBDC  appears in our 2015 Annual Report

Andrew Walcott
Fusion East
Brooklyn SBDC

Serial entrepreneur Andrew Walcott has been a client of the Brooklyn SBDC for more than five years, working with several of the advisors. He is the son of immigrant parents, who raised him in the inner-city community of East New York. He is a product of local NYC public schools and a graduate of Brooklyn College, where he is currently an adjunct-professor. He is an Air Force Veteran who worked his way through law school and also has earned CPA credentials.

 He has owned and operated his own law and accounting practice for many years. Earlier this year Andrew and his childhood friends opened Fusion East Caribbean & Soul Food, an exciting restaurant in the very neighborhood in which he grew up. East New York is a section of Brooklyn that has suffered from economic hardship, but through the efforts of many key local stakeholders, it seems to be on the rise in terms of commercial opportunity and affordable housing. 

This meteoric business superstar is a product of this historic Brooklyn neighborhood and now is serving his community by giving back in many ways. Providing high quality food mirroring the tastes and preferences of the community is the highest tribute he can give to the community that shaped his rise to success. Fusion East is not just a restaurant. It is a social and community eating establishment that will serve as a cornerstone for families as East New York rises to prominence in its much anticipated renaissance. If outstanding authentic Caribbean/soul food at a fair price is high on anyone's priority list; "Fusion East" is a "must visit"! 

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