Join Newark Makerhoods
Newark Makerhoods Application
Our goal is to create a thriving community of Makers that reach their business and personal financial goals.
Newark Makerhoods will focus on two industry clusters: food and fashion.
8 Food & Beverage Makers (e.g. baked goods, caterers, condiments, soups, etc.)
8 Fashion & Beauty Makers (e.g. apparel, footwear, handbag, hats, jewelry, beauty, and other accessories)
2 Neighborhood Services Makers (e.g. coffee shop, laundry service, shipping & printing services, etc.)
(Note: Number and makeup of Makers is subject to change.)
If you have a business in a different industry, please contact us – let’s chat.
the package for selected makers
As a Maker in Newark Makerhoods, you will receive:
Food and beverage businesses: Dedicated kitchen space in a shared commercial kitchen with a dedicated desk
Fashion and beauty-related businesses and/or neighborhood services: 650 square foot commercial space
A one, two- or three-bedroom apartment
Business support services focused on growing sales through mentorship, back-office support, marketing help, and more
Inclusion in Newark Makerhoods marketing, promotional efforts, and community events
The cost for the commercial space, apartment, business support services, and marketing events is valued at $3,400/month, but through Newark Makerhoods everything is offered starting at $1,800/month. (Actual cost may vary depending on apartment size.)
One business per applicant
An existing for-profit business with demonstrated sales
Business owner must be 21 years or older as of application due date
Willing to live in Newark Makerhoods
Able to commit to working fulltime on the business
New Jersey business registration and applicable licensing and insurance
From Newark or immediate surrounding areas
Legal resident of the U.S.
Makerhoods is committed to recruiting makers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. We encourage eligible individuals to apply regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, occupation, income status, or disability. We are especially interested in individuals who are committed to actively grow their business and participate in a supportive business community.
Demonstrated proof of business concept and market demand
Growth-oriented business plan with financial projections
Team player with an entrepreneurial spirit and eagerness to develop as a business owner
Household incomes at 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI)
Entrepreneurs from traditionally underrepresented demographics
Letter of support from a business development organization
The official eligibility, criteria, and application will be out soon. We will be offering ongoing applications support.