Community Economic Development (CED) Program

In 2012, HBA was awarded a $728,750 Community Economic Development (CED) grant for a new HBA program, the Back Office Support Initiative. With this grant we were able to build our new co-working space, Creative Workspace @HBA. 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!

CED Success Stories:

Seasoned Vegan
        • 2012 HBA Business Plan Competition Winner
        • Restaurant opened March 2014 in Harlem
        • Has hired over 20 employees
        • Featured in the Daily News, Complex Magazine, Harlem Gal and Featured on Channel 7 – “Neighborhood Eats” special
        • 2013 HBA Business Plan Competition Winner
        • Sold in stores throughout NYC
        • Semi-finalist in BevNet Live New Beverage Showdown
Red Rabbit
        • 2014 Manhattan Small Business of the Year
        • 2013 Crain's 40 under 40 list
        • Hired over 35 employees