Opportunity For All In Southwest Brooklyn
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We are a resource that creates equal opportunity for the people, businesses and community of the Southwest Brooklyn industrial waterfront

Here's How We Help

Business Services
Guidance, resources, programs and connections to grow your business
Workforce Services
We connect employers to job seekers and provide skill development
Advocacy Support
Provide a seat at the table for our industrial business community

Upcoming Programs & Events

Meet The Lender: The Grow America Fund
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Online event via Zoom
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Member Spotlight

Name: Button Down Factory

Neighborhood: Sunset Park

Sophia Suh owns the Button Down Factory, a garment manufacturer in Sunset Park. SBIDC supported her with financing, enabling growth to 50 employees and supplying over 400,000 PPEs during the pandemic. Originally producing custom fashion pieces, Sophia shifted to producing PPE for NYC's medical sector and later worked with the Defense Logistics Agency. SBIDC helped secure financing, training grants, and build the team. Sophia expressed pride as a minority woman business owner. The Button Down Factory continues to grow, creating more manufacturing jobs. Sophia recently graduated as a Plan for Growth 2022 Alumn.

What our Members Are Saying about SBIDC

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During the first months of 2020 we were optimistic and excited to start our third year in business. When Covid hit NYC, 80% of our projects were stalled. SBIDC supported us through that time and helped us access financing, secure an MWBE certification and receive business training. We are grateful and feel that SBIDC has our back, we are not alone anymore.
Paola Pietrantoni
Studio Atomic
Plan for Growth Participant
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The fact that this class is designed around creative entrepreneurs and what we all need as artists is extremely valuable. I love the structure and approachability of each session and the facilitators were all super knowledgeable and great.
Sana Malik
Meerkat Media
Plan for Growth Participant
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This is a great class for any founder in any stage of business. Even if you are way ahead in the business, PFG makes you pause and rethink whether your values and mission are truly buttoned up
Suniti Ramanujam
Pure Mitti
Plan for Growth Participant
Did You Know?
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Red Hook is home to the largest concentration of Civil War-era warehouses in the city. One of the neighborhood’s main attractions is The Waterfront Barge Museum. Anchored at Red Hook’s Pier 44 the museum is housed in the Lehigh Valley Barge No. 79 and is the only surviving example of a wooden-covered cargo barge.
—Waterfront Barge Museum, waterfrontmuseum.org
Immigrants played a strong role in the development of Sunset Park. The area was originally settled by the Dutch and remained farmland until the grid was established in the 1830s. Up until the 1980s, Sunset Park was home to a large Scandinavian community. Today it is known for its vibrant Hispanic and Asian communities.
—NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Gowanus is home to one of Kings County’s oldest bridges, the elegant Carroll Street bridge. It first opened in 1889 and uses a retractile method to allow boats on the Gowanus canal to pass.
–Joseph Berger, New York Times, 5/13/2013
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