The THINK Initiative

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Harlem CDC’s Business Services Division administers the THINK Initiative to provide tools for local entrepreneurs to start and grow small businesses. 

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Through strategic partnerships with lending organizations, educational institutions, business improvement districts and chambers of commerce, the Tools for Harnessing Information Networking & Knowledge Initiative (THINK Initiative) initiative provides valuable resources, information and guidance to help new businesses grow.

THINK Initiative partners include the ESD Division of Small Business, NYS Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development, the Columbia University - Harlem Small Business Development Center, Pace University Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Harlem Business Alliance, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, Carver Bank, Chase Bank and Citibank. 

In conjunction with these partners, the THINK Initiative coordinates seminars and workshops covering topics including business marketing, financial literacy, small business lending  and government contracting.

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  • All seminars and workshops are free and open to the public
  • Seminars and workshops are held in both English and Spanish to meet the needs of the diverse communities of Upper Manhattan, including Washington Heights, East Harlem and Inwood.