Business Under the Bridge: Innovating Small Businesses in Queensbridge

Are you a Queensbridge resident looking to start or build your own business? This FREE program will help Queensbridge entrepreneurs transform their ideas from concepts into reality over the course of 10 weeks. A team of experts will help participants gain the knowledge needed to develop and grow their businesses through weekly workshops, one-on-one assistance, peer support groups, and much more. 

Upon completing the program, all entrepreneurs will be eligible to participate in a Pitch Deck Competition and win seed funding for their businesses!

Apply today, if you are:

  • A resident of the Queensbridge Houses or 11101 zip code
  • 18+ years or older
  • In the early stages of your business
  • A small business owner in the retail, food, or service industries
  • You have an idea you want to build in the retail, food, or service industries

The deadline to apply for our Queensbridge Fall cohort is Thursday, August 25, 2022. Apply here.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Q: My business isn’t making any revenue; can I still apply?

A: Yes, the program is for individuals that have newly started their business.

Q: Are the classes in-person?

A: Yes, all workshops will be held at our Queensbridge Tech Lab and Long Island City Library. Please note, attendance is required. 

Q: I do not reside in the 11101 zip code, can I still apply? 

A: Unfortunately, this program is specifically for those that reside within 11101. Please continue to check our website for additional program opportunities.

Q: Is there really prize money?

A: Yes, selected participants can enter the Pitch Deck Competition to win seed funding for their business.

Q: After I apply, when will I receive information about my participation in the program?

A: Accepted individuals will receive a congratulatory email and/or call at least a week before the start of the program. Individuals who are not accepted will also receive email notifications of their status. 

Q: I have a business partner; can we both apply for the program?

A: No, one person should apply for the team. Please be sure to mention any business partners on your application. Note: business owners who are accepted into the program can invite their partner to join with approval from the Small Business Team.

Q: How can I reach out for more information?

A: Please email and wait 24-48 hours for a reply.

This program is made possible by Rise Light & Power. 

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