Business Shape Up

by Ashley Newell

Do you have an idea that you’ve been sitting on, but haven’t had the time to bring that idea to life? Are you a business owner looking to expand your product or service? Do you want to be surrounded by innovators and entrepreneurs pushing their brands towards success? If any of these scenarios apply to you, 2016 is the year to look into all the available business resources the village of Harlem has to offer.

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To begin with, TEEM located at 1463 5th Ave is a co-working community that offers space for meetings, conferences, events, and much more at reasonable prices. A single-visit day pass at TEEM starts as low as $20 per day, and gives you access to the space from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. TEEM provides private offices, conference rooms, storage lockers, and super-fast wifi. This is a great place to network and collaborate with like-minded people who are about accomplishing goals and reaching for success.

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Creative Workspace was the first co-working space to arrive in Harlem. Like TEEM, Creative Workspace is another place to meet and collaborate with entrepreneurs. Creative Workspace membership amenities include laptops, high-powered desktops, kitchenette with coffee machines, color printing, 45” flat screens, and wall projectors. A single day membership is $20, and private weekday events start at $100 per hour. Creative Workspace is an ideal place to hold meetups, board meetings, workshops, business retreats, and seminars. The space is conveniently located at 275 Lenox Ave just two blocks away from the 2 and 3 subway lines.

Harlem Community Development Corporation (HCDC) is run by the state of New York, and serves as a public benefit corporation to help strengthen upper Manhattan by initiating community revitalization efforts. HCDC offers business services with programs focusing on entrepreneurial assistance, marketing your small business, business mentors, minority and women-owned business (MWBE) development and lending program, and much more. Stop by the state office building located at 163 W 125th St, 17th floor, to check out all the resources available to help assist you and your business endeavors.

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Last but not least, the Harlem Business Alliance offers several classes for small businesses free of charge for members and non-members; although it is recommended to become a member to have access to the other services HBA has to offer. Small businesses such as Seasoned Vegan on 113th street and St. Nicholas Ave, got their start with HBA. The vegetarian restaurant won HBA’s 2012 Business Plan Competition and then opened its doors to their first restaurant in March of 2014. HBA offers micro loans, one to one business counseling services, annual business plan competition, community partnerships, and networking events. To set up an appointment with the Harlem Business Alliance stop by 275 Lenox Ave #2 or call 347-851-7746.

Visit experienceharlem.com/business for a directory of other available small business resources in Harlem.

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