Application Process

1. Schedule a tour

Tours are given on Mondays 6pm and Wednesdays 11:30am. Reservations are required to attend the tours. The tour is limited to 6 people. Please call 718 392 0025 between the hours of 8:30-4:30 pm on Mondays thru Fridays to make a reservation.

Tours will last 60 minutes. The tour consists of answering your questions about the application process and seeing the actual facility. It is combined with an interactive session where we discuss the critical steps to assist you in creating a successful business. Remember to download and review the application and other documents sent to you via email, so you can ask questions which will help you complete the forms.

Please be aware that parking is horrible in this area. We recommend using public transportation since we are only a 5-minute walk from the subway. When you become a client and are working in the kitchen you will have access to free parking during your shift.

The facility is located at:
36-46 37th Street Long Island City.

2. Schedule an appointment with a business counselor

Take advantage of the free service to assist you in planning your business.

Adrienne-Wax

Adrienne Wax

Consulting Business Advisor

  • Marketing and promotion for small businesses
  • Branding strategy
  • Marketing assistance and brand awareness
  • Targeted Sales outreach strategic plans
  • Website content review
  • Product label/printed material review
  • Social media review

Andrea-Ormeño

Andrea Ormeño

Director, Women’s Business Center

  • Early stage start ups, especially those women-owned and those of low/moderate income
  • Business planning
  • Financial projections
  • Assistance registering a business**
  • Fluent in Spanish

Bhavna-Punjwani

Bhavna Punjwani

Director, Entrepreneurship Assistance Center

  • Early stage startups
  • Business planning, especially the food industry
  • Market testing, branding
  • Assistance registering a business**
  • Fluent in Hindi

Charles-Antonucci

Charles Antonucci

Consulting Business Advisor

  • Business planning
  • Financial statements
  • Product cost analysis
  • Help with finding funding sources
  • Building financial forecasts and budgets

Ricardi-Calixte

Ricardi Calixte

Deputy Director

  • Business planning
  • MWBE registration for NYC & NYS
  • Real estate help in finding retail space
  • Assistance in registering a business**
  • Fluent in Creole

Roy-Pellicano

Roy Pellicano

Consulting Business Advisor

  • Business planning
  • Digital strategy
  • Strategic business planning outlines
  • Digital transformation and Internet based strategies to increase revenue
  • Review business concept
  • Operating plans for optimal output

Sarah-Liu

Sarah Liu

Director, Partnerships & StartUP! Business Competition

  • Startup idea testing and Lean Startup experiments design
  • Digital marketing campaign strategy for early stage startup businesses
  • Assistance in pitching and fundraising
  • Assistance with incorporation and business registrations**
  • Fluent in Mandarin

3. complete all required Documents

Download application and complete all required documents for the application-use the check list on the first page of the application.

Individual Files:

4. Email to Kathrine Gregory

When the application is complete, email to Kathrine Gregory MiKitchen1866@aol.com.

5. application Review

Kathrine will quickly review the application and all required documents to confirm that they have been received.
Applications are accepted year-round.

Turnaround time between the receipt of the completed application is approximately 14-21 days. Upon evaluation of your application, you will receive an email with a copy of the contract for you to review and a scheduled date to sign. At that point, you should obtain your insurance. Clients must obtain a General Liability insurance policy covering their business. Manufacturers of all products must include a product liability policy along with the general liability. The Incubator must be listed as additional insured. See FAQ #10 for a list of recommended brokers.

6. Contract signing

The contract signing appointment will take approximately 1.5 hours.

you will need:

  • A cashier’s check or money order for the security deposit- The security deposit will equal YOUR monthly rent based on your projected usage. The minimum deposit is $1000.
  • A copy of your insurance.
  • We will sign the contract.

BULLET POINTS FOR ALL ACTIONS BEING DONE DURING CONTRACT SIGNING

 

  • For consumable goods only: We will fill in the forms for obtaining your License (NYS Dept of Agriculture & Markets or NYC Dept of Health). If you fall under the jurisdiction of NYS Agriculture & Markets: new business working from Incubator receive the first two years’ license gratis (a $175.00 savings). (see FAQ # 11 for a description of the different licenses)
  • Review the inspection requirements.
  • Review your production process and answer any of your questions.
  • Take a private tour of the facility focusing on your equipment needs.
  • We will review your prices and marketing strategy and your roadmap answers.
  • For consumable goods only: We will set two production dates; the first one so you can get used to manufacturing in the kitchen and the second one where you will be inspected while you are producing.
  • We should be able to get you into the facility within 4 days.

Acceptance into the Incubator is at the discretion of the Director. We do not decline budding entrepreneurs, but we do not accept new businesses until they are ready to start on their path to success. Our free business advisors are available to assist you before, during and after you are a client of the Entrepreneur Space.