New Small-Business Incubator Opens in Harlem

(Jeff Mays/DNA Info)

(Jeff Mays/DNA Info)

Although we have overcome the rescission, unemployment rates in the U.S. still remain high. The lack of job security has pushed many people to develop businesses of their own. A new city-funded project based in Harlem is providing small business owners with office space to fulfill their entrepreneurial goals.

Harlem Garage, a community space created specifically for start-ups, small-businesses, freelancers, and non profits, opened its doors last week and has already become a hot spot for techies. The open space features communal tables, space for meetings, free WiFi and complimentary coffee. Entrepreneurs are charged $300 per month for rent and $15 for a day pass.

Harlem Garage has begun attracting business owners from other boroughs. “All my friends are like, ‘Why leave Brooklyn? It’s where it’s at,’” entrepreneur David Pitta told the Daily News. “I am looking for the next thing, and that’s Silicon Harlem.” In the near future Harlem will also be getting Harlem Biospace, a bio-tech incubator that will also house start-ups. The city granted $250,000 for the development of Harlem Garage and $625,000 to the Harlem Biospace project.

Just a week after launching, Harlem Garage has already filled up half of the spaces. The project has inspired the city to create similar outlets in different boroughs. Jamaica, Queens is next up to get its own small-business incubator.

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Brandee Sanders

Brandee Sanders is the founder of Meet Me Uptown. Ever since the age of eight, she knew she was destined of pursuing a career in journalism, often transforming her composition notebooks into mock magazines as a child. The Harlem-bred writer began her journalism career in New York as an intern at Dime Magazine, writing pieces that were featured on the magazine’s blog and their sister sites High School and Ballers Sanders also interned at The, The Washington Post Company’s African-American site while attaining her undergraduate degree. Since graduating, her writing has been well received in the media. Her work has been featured on, The and countless other media outlets. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in journalism, and currently works as an editorial assistant and contributor for The Root. When she’s not participating in volunteer projects throughout Harlem, you can find her at a networking event, catching up on NBA games or working out at the gym. She currently lives in Harlem. Follow Brandee on Twitter at