HBA has received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to create a women's entrepreneurial incubator. The Lillian Project facilitates entrepreneurship for native-born low income Harlem women by teaching them skills needed to start and grow a business and providing hands-on support with strategic planning, development, and implementation. This new program is named after Harlem's own legendary businesswoman, Lillian Harris Dean aka Pig Foot Mary.
The Disrupt Harlem Code Squad is a new coding and entrepreneurship program created by the Harlem Business Alliance to connect Harlem’s young adults to the NYC tech industry. The 15 week program teaches 20 selected participants how to code and design a mobile or web app of their own creation. Following the training, students will be connected to internships or be fast-tracked to a Full-stack Developer coding program at The Knowledge House.
HBA's Small Business Support Center & Coworking space provides back-office and business management support. When the Harlem Business Alliance opened the doors to Creative Workspace in March 2013, it was the first co-working space in Harlem. Located on the ground floor at 275 Lenox Avenue, Creative Workspace is dedicated to providing an innovation hub where entrepreneurs can meet, collaborate, and work. The center is available to rent for co-workers, meetings, and private events.
Creative Workspace @HBA houses our Business Support Center where we provide pro-bono back office services for up to a year to eligible local entrepreneurs. In exchange for this assistance these entrepreneurs agree to hire low-income residents. As of now, our CED entrepreneurs have hired over 60 employees!
Held annually featuring an evening of TED-style talks about business strategies, technology, tools, and experiences for Harlem’s entrepreneurs - aspiring and seasoned. Our pitch competition provides entrepreneurs with mentorship, publicity, a platform to reach potential investors, and the chance to win "Pitch of the Year".
Selected applicants are invited to the rapid-fire session to practice and refine their pitches. The following day they will enter the Pitch Tank from which the best pitch will emerge to win the grand prize of $1,500 Grant, 6 Months Membership to Creative Workspace, and Business Mentorship!
The New York City Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program certifies, promotes, and fosters the growth of New York City's minority and women-owned businesses. Companies that become certified obtain greater access to information about contracting opportunities, receive technical assistance to better compete for those opportunities, and benefit from inclusion in the city's Online Directory of Certified Firms. For one-on-one assistance with the application process, contact the Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) at 212-665-7010 to schedule an appointment.
Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) has received a performance-based grant up to work with Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ)’s Business Resource and Investment Service Center (BRISC). With this grant, HBA will provide direct technical assistance and loan packaging support to viable local businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to acquire financing from BRISC. BRISC makes loans between $50,000 and $250,000 aimed at small business formation and/or expansion.