clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Small Businesses in Harlem Will Get a Much-Needed Boost

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.



Image via Harem+Bespoke
Recently, a handful of small businesses in Harlem were forced to shutter, including Hue-Man Bookstore and the wine shop Harlem Vintage. And on East 116th Street, Bikram Yoga-East Harlem had to close temporarily, due to an issue with ConEd. To prevent more closures and setbacks, the Harlem Business Alliance has announced that it will put a $700,000 three-year grant toward opening a Small Business Support Center.

The center will help teach struggling local shops the tools they need to stay afloat in a competitive retail landscape, like "crucial back-office operations, including marketing, bid preparation, payroll, budgeting and strategic planning," DNAinfo reports. Regina Smith, the group's executive director, explained: "Often times we hear about it at the last minute when we might have been able to cut through the bureaucracy and provide early assistance and support."
· Harlem Business Alliance to Use Grant to Support Small Businesses [DNAinfo]
· Meet the Woman Behind Harlem's Fashion Renaissance [Racked NY]
· Neighborhood Guides: Eight of the Best Places to Shop in Harlem [Racked NY]

Harlem Business Alliance

275 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY