NYCEDC has fostered an incubator network that provides shared workspace and technical assistance for small food businesses making the transition from working in home kitchens to using fully-equipped, professional facilities.
The kitchen incubator at La Marqueta in East Harlem opened in January 2011. There, aspiring bakers and bakery owners can learn to perfect their craft as well as business essentials. HBK Incubates is a groundbreaking initiative to help entrepreneurs in the ever-growing food industry by giving them a leg up on starting and growing their business.
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Entrepreneur Space is a City-sponsored business incubator in Queens to help food-related and general business start-ups across New York City. The incubator has a 5,000-square-foot commercial kitchen with four kitchen stations and storage facilities that are open 24 hours a day to new or growing food manufacturers, caterers, and bakers.
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Brooklyn FoodWorks opened in February 2016. Located in the old Pfizer manufacturing plant at 630 Flushing Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, the culinary incubator provides commercial kitchen space and equipment, business mentorship, and networking opportunities to local food entrepreneurs.
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The Department of Small Business Services (SBS), NYCEDC, and partners have developed a set of initiatives to address challenges faced by entrepreneurs and to help them grow their businesses.
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NYC Business Solutions is a set of FREE services offered by SBS to help businesses start, operate, and expand in New York City. Whether you need financing assistance, legal advice, ways to score new business opportunities with the City, recruiting advice, or help with permits or licenses, NYC Business Solutions can work for you – for FREE.
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From time to time, leasing opportunities become available for City-owned properties. Find out about these opportunities in select commercial or industrial properties and retail or wholesale food markets.
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FRESH promotes the establishment and retention of neighborhood grocery stores in communities lacking adequate access to healthy food by providing zoning and financial incentives to eligible grocery store operators and developers.
Learn more about FRESH tax incentives