The Innovation Lab is an integrated employment and business development center that provides local job seekers access to career training and job placement services while also acting as a resource to local businesses by providing recruitment and business planning support, spurring business growth.
The Innovation Lab is run by a public-private partnership that includes Industry City, New York City College of Technology and nonprofit groups including: Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, and Center for Family Life.
The Innovation Lab at Industry City offers a range of career, training, and business services.
The mission of the Innovation Lab Partners is to support the growth of innovation economy jobs on the Brooklyn working waterfront in Industry City, Sunset Park, and surrounding communities. Our approach is to invest in local human capital through job training, education, job placement and support services, with the goal of connecting the local community to new opportunities, and supporting business growth through educational workshops, recruitment services, and business planning support.
Hiring + Recruitment Services
No-cost recruitment, screening, and placement support for a range of industries including: office administration, industrial and manufacturing, technology, retail, hospitality, medical facilities, professional services, and more.
Plan for Growth Series
Plan for Growth is a 10-week business development program for small manufacturers. The program, funded by JP Morgan Chase + Co, guides participants in developing and implementing a new and individualized Plan for Growth. Participants will explore effective ways to move from a startup mentality and to a long-term vision of sustainable growth.
The Plan for Growth course covers an array of essential and timely topics such as accounting, human resource management, capital, supply chains, distribution, the digital space, marketing and branding, leadership, organizational culture, and more!
SBIDC has graduated 54 businesses over the last 3 years. Since graduating, alumni have reported a 25% increase in revenue, a 24% increase in total jobs, and an average starting wage of $19 per hour. For 2019, SBIDC has set a goal of 75% of participants being women, minority and veteran-owned small businesses.
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The New York City College of Technology Small Business Development Center offers small businesses and entrepreneurs free workshops and training to ensure businesses are prepared for startup, growth or expansion. Workshops are on a variety of topics including business start up basics, financial projections, business planning and more. If you or your business reside in New York, the SBDC can maneuver you around the obstacles to success.
The Innovation Lab offers free internship services with graduates from training programs and local youth.
If you're interested in more information regarding business services please visit industrycity.com/innovation-lab or contact 718-801-8970.
The Innovation Lab works collaboratively place young adults in subsidized and unsubsidized internships.
Educational & Training Services
The Innovation Lab offers multiple training opportunities with different partners and programs. For information on training programs, please visit industrycity.com/innovation-lab.
Upon completion of the 12-week program, participants will receive assistance with job placement assistance, advanced training and/or support with college admittance.
- Ages 17-24
- Must have their high school diploma or equivalency (TASC or GED)
- Must reside in New York City
- Must be eligible to work in the US
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Participants will obtain instruction in:
- NYC Food Handler’s License
- Basic knife handling and baking skills
- Knowledge of kitchen machinery and tools
- Basic math, including weights and measurement
- Resume and interview skills
- Must be 18 Years or older
- Pass a basic math and reading exam