Local Entrepreneurs Showcasing Products at South Side Innovation Center’s Holiday Market

The South Side Innovation Center (SSIC) is hosting its annual Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the center, 2610 S. Salina St. in downtown Syracuse. Local businesses and community members are invited to sample new and unique food and retail products created by SSIC clients and tenants.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Syracuse community to support local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs who want to bring their unique products to the Central New York area,” said El-Java Abdul-Qadir, director of the South Side Innovation Center. “Clients will have the opportunity to provide samples of their food products, promote and sell their hand-made crafts, and showcase their name and brand. We are encouraging local business owners and those seeking fresh new product ideas to visit the SSIC and learn about our programs, clients and support our mission of local vitality.”

The SSIC was created by the nationally-ranked Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises Program at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Launched in April 2006, SSIC is a 13,000-square-foot business incubator that fosters the creation of new ventures and helps to make existing ones sustainable. The program is part of the larger South Side Entrepreneurial Connect Project (SSECP), which seeks to identify and support sustainable ventures, includes infrastructure building, student and faculty engagement through consulting teams, a microcredit fund and training programs for entrepreneurs and opportunities for minority purchasing. The undergraduate entrepreneurship program at Whitman is ranked #13 nationwide by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. For more information, visit http://southsideinnovation.org.