Programs for Entrepreneurs

Industrial Growth Initiative

NYCEDC is providing qualified small industrial businesses the opportunity to learn growth strategies from industry experts during a yearlong program.

The Industrial Growth Initiative is a two-stage growth strategy and realization program for the City’s small, established industrial businesses. The program, developed and run in partnership with Next Street Financial, begins with in-borough business reflection workshops. Through a subsequent application, select businesses participate in Future Focus, an in-depth workshop series dedicated to exploring and planning a strategic growth project.

Leveraging capabilities developed during the workshops, Future Focus participants develop comprehensive business expansion plans to guide their company through its next stage of growth. Businesses with the three top plans, as selected by a panel of expert judges, receive cash to kick-start the implementation of their business growth plans.

2014 Business Plan Competition

In its second year, the 2014 Industrial Growth Initiative Business Plan Competition had 14 participants in the Future Focus workshop series. The three winning business plans submitted were selected by a panel of judges. The winners are:

  • P.A.C. Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning, Staten Island: A premier, family owned and operated plumbing and HVAC company. 
  • Casa Kids, Brooklyn: Red Hook-based company that designs and fabricates contemporary children’s furniture with a focus on developing efficient designs that are durable, locally made, and as "green" as possible.  
  • Joya, Brooklyn: A fragrance house that designs and produces scented artifacts (perfume, personal care, and home ambiance). 

2013 Business Plan Competition

The winners of the 2013 Industrial Growth Initiative Business Plan Competition were:   

  • Jessica Childs, East Coast Cultures, Brooklyn: Supplier of top quality, all natural Kombucha beverages and Kombucha brewing kits.
  • David Lee, KD dids Inc., Bronx: Designer and manufacturer of premium quality knits for movement and fashion sold by retailers worldwide.
  • Chris Woehrle, Kings County Jerky Co., Brooklyn: Manufacturer of all natural, 100% grass fed beef jerky growing from direct to consumer sales to wholesale through retailers and distributors nationwide. 

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