Seed, start or scale your small food business with new skills and connections to capital and customers.
New York City’s thriving food industry is an exciting place for entrepreneurs–especially women, the fastest growing demographic of small business owners. Whether you are just starting out or are operating a business but need help taking the next step, our food entrepreneurship programs can help.
Our programs will teach you the fundamentals of running a business, guiding you towards the necessary steps to get started or grow your venture. Working with seasoned business advisors, we give you the opportunity to test your proof of concept and provide access to markets and new customers. Our goal is to see your business thrive and your income rise!
HBK Incubates: SEED
SEED is a self-paced, five-part modular program for aspiring food entrepreneurs who want to lay a strong foundation for their business idea.
A flexible program, SEED allows you to enroll in one of or all five modules to help develop your business plan. When you enroll in the SEED, you will be given access to tools and templates to develop critical components of your business plan, join a community of entrepreneurial peers, and be connected to a volunteer mentor who can provide you with feedback on your product and business model.
- Getting Started
- Market Analysis
- Sales & Marketing
- Financial Planning in partnership with The Acceleration Project
- Bringing it All Together in partnership with Small Business Resource Network
|Best For||Women, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people who are early stage entrepreneurs with some sales or product(s)|
|Time Commitment||This is a flexible five-part modular program. Expect to spend at least 4 hours per module (including webinars, meetings with your peers, mentors, and homework)|
|Where||Online (via Zoom)|
|When||Program is rolling and modules are offered throughout the year. |
Upcoming Virtual Info Sessions:
May 30, 6—7pm
June 12, 6—7pm
June 26, 6—7pm
Ready to take the next step?
To apply, complete a brief application to sign up for an information session!
HBK Incubates: START
Test your business idea and generate revenue. Program information coming soon.
More than a Business—a Family Legacy
“For me, owning a business is something that I wanted to start as a legacy for my family. We never really owned anything. I wanted to start something that I could own – not only for my future children, but for my siblings and nieces and nephews. I wanted to inspire them that they can do more; you don’t have to work for somebody else your whole life.”
—Jesebel Gumogda, owner of Pure Confections and Hot Bread Kitchen member