Entrepreneurship In Brooklyn

Entrepreneurs need a vibrant place to work and Brooklyn is a great location. Silicon Alley is the 2nd best entrepreneurial hub in the nation right now but just across the Brooklyn Bridge savvy entrepreneurs can get a better deal on office space and other day to day needs in Brooklyn. Here are the best startups and small businesses that call Brooklyn home. 

Startups

Gigit

Gigit introduces local bands to music lovers who want to support the artists, create a one of a kind experience and book gigs at their private residence or workplace. Be the first to book your favorite local band to play for you and your friends.

Visit them at gigit.com

Makr

Makr is a design + print shop for your iOS device. They're taking making to the next level.

Headquartered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, they’re inspired every day by their local maker community. They’re passionate about design, DIY and the Maker Movement.

Download the app to bring the power of great design and branding to your fingertips.
With Makr for iPhone, design t-shirts, tote bags and temporary tattoos – customized to a T – to buy or sell. Share what you design with friends and get $ for every item sold.

With Makr for iPad, design a custom logo and make personalized paper. Customize templates for business cards, party invitations, wedding materials, stickers, labels, postcards, stationery, greeting and holiday cards and more.

The goal with Makr is to democratize design, helping people make physical things in a way that’s easy, fast, and fun. Happy making – from their makespace to yours.

Visit them at makrplace.com

VHX 

VHX is a direct-to-fan distribution platform built for premium video. They empower artists to sell their work from their own websites, directly to fans.

Everything that used to be sold on DVD can be sold on VHX. They've helped creators sell their films, documentaries, standup specials, live concert footage, lectures, web series and more.

Visit their website for more information vhx.tv

Mad Mimi

Mad Mimi is a lovely, simple email service that lets you create, send and track email newsletters. Over 150,000 businesses use Mad Mimi to handle email the simple way.

If you want beautiful looking HTML emails, then throw away the stale templates and let Mad Mimi guide your design. Using Mad Mimi's exquisite ultra-clean interface and thoughtful theme-design approach, you’ll be able to cook up the best-tasting emails on the block.

Mad Mimi has spurned the outdated concept of cluttered layouts and embraced a creative concept where you only use what you need. Guiding you gently into a streamlined serenity that looks flawless in all email environments. Use Themes to show your plumage and Modules to house your content and you’ll be ready to send an exquisite email in minutes.

Visit them at madmimi.com

UrbanBuddy

UrbanBuddy is evolving local hospitality with their new mobile app for hotel guests - an on-the-go mobile concierge service. The app connects guests to the concierge desk and expert locals that live in Brooklyn and Chicago, via live-chat. UrbanBuddy is the best way to get insider knowledge when visiting the city. t’s local hospitality at your fingertips!

For the app or more info go to urbanbuddy.com

Greats Brand

GREATS is a Brooklyn-born footwear brand offering tastefully designed men’s sneakers starting at $59. By selling directly to consumers and eliminating the middle-man, Greats can offer premium quality at an unrivaled value. Greats is a fresh player in the realm of men’s style, and is set out to disrupt and redefine the game of footwear.

To view their shoes online visit greats.com

HICKIES

HICKIES created an elastic lacing system that replaces traditional shoelaces and turns any sneaker into a slip on. You can customize your footwear and never tie or untie your shoes again. At HICKIES they want to ignite a change in the way people wear sneakers and to apply their creative process to other things that people take for granted. The HICKIES elastic lacing system is just the beginning!

Visit them at hickies.com

Inc. 5000 Companies

Madécasse

Brooklyn-based Madécasse was founded in 2008 by former Peace Corps volunteers. While living in Madagascar, they came to understand why Africa remains the poorest continent in the world—it supplies 70% of the world’s cocoa but 0% of its chocolate. Inspired to change this, Madécasse was born, becoming the only company producing high quality bean-to-bar, hand-wrapped chocolate and vanilla products on the continent of Africa.

Madagascar is the 10th poorest country in the world, and the average person lives off of less than a dollar a day. By providing equipment and training – and producing the entire product locally – Madécasse is able to provide 100% of production costs to the people of Madagascar.

Madécasse was named one of the “World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies” in 2011 by Fast Company, and the “2012 Leader of Change” by the United Nations Office of Partnerships and the Foundation for Social Change. 

Madécasse chocolate and vanilla products are available in stores nationwide and online at www.madecasse.com.

BAMS

BAMS offers credit and debit authorization services and bankcard settlement processing to direct merchant customers. Their team of Merchant Account Specialists is committed to helping each of their clients gain every opportunity for growth and profitability in today's ever-changing global economy. With a commitment to offering customers a compelling value for their business based on superior quality and service, BAMS optimizes a merchant's mix of payment options to ensure an increase in their bottom line.

Visit them at bams.com

Peeled Snacks

At Peeled Snacks they know that food starts out delicious and nutritious, and it doesn't need some machine to improve it, or an engineer to perfect it. They strive to bring you natural, premium ingredients so you can feel good about snacking. They believe a healthy diet includes a balanced mixture of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates to help you stay fit and active. Eating well doesn't have to mean eating tasteless, bland foods. It does, however, mean eating a healthy, wide range of foods from every food group.

Visit their website at peeledsnacks.com

Cafe Grumpy

Roasting coffee is like balancing on a tightrope – too far on either side of the sweet spot the cup falls flat, burdened by underdeveloped astringency or over-roasted bitterness.  Cafe Grumpy begins each morning with a quality-control cupping, to make sure they’re maintaining that balance throughout the changing seasons, which bring new harvests and shifting roasting conditions.  In their roast profile, they strive to showcase the inherent acidity, body, and sweetness in the wide variety of coffees they buy, developing each of those qualities to its fullest without allowing one to dominate.

For more information visit cafegrumpy.com

Appliances Connection

Since 1997, AppliancesConnection.com has kept its promise to deliver the best in brand name products to its consumers, at an affordable price. Unlike many other appliance and furniture retailers, they offer free shipping, no sales tax, low prices and a price match promise. The knowledgeable sales staff is trained to find the perfect product, and offer suggestions that will assist you with the new product. They value customer service and satisfaction, which is why they offer a variety of services including lifetime tech support and for most products full installation and removal services. Carrying over 40,000 products and over 500 brands, AppliancesConnection.com is the perfect place to meet all Home Appliance needs.

Visit them at appliancesconnection.com

Medical Supply Depot 

No late-night trips to the drug store. Medical needs don’t always arise on a convenient schedule. They don’t make appointments. But thanks to MSD's automated 24/7 ordering system, you don’t need to worry. Whether it’s 3 PM or 3 AM, your order automatically goes directly to their network of nationwide suppliers and will arrive at your door, on average, in 1-3 business days. In addition, you no longer need to remember to restock on items you use on a regular basis. They offer an “Auto-Reorder” service that will ship these items to you at regular intervals.

Visit their website at medicalsupplydepot.com

My Parking Signs

My Parking Signs provides high quality parking signs at an exceptional value, and your number one resource for information on parking regulations.. Need to establish your rules on your lot or driveway? Compliance and customization are a snap with their website's tools. They have a local live support team and helpful articles if you need them. Of course they also have a vast range of signs for any parking scenario.

Check out their website at myparkingsign.com

Wizard Studios

Wizard Studios is a national company whose unique and award-winning special event visioning design and implementation abilities are sought after by Fortune 500 companies, major non profit agencies, cultural institutions and tourist destinations. 

At Wizard Studios they take simple but elegant ideas and complex concepts and manifest them into highly crafted yet scalable public and private events. They share a lifelong belief in the power of special events as the most effective means to engage, inspire and inform people who come together and experience their productions. It is through opportunities to share common activities, whether cultural, recreational or educational, which connect the participants to each other exposing them to new concepts, experiences and venues.

Visit them at wizardstudios.com

Marathon Consulting

Marathon Consulting is a Brooklyn based IT consulting firm helping small business owners stay focused on keeping their business efficient and profitable. 

Their all-encompassing approach will make sure your IT investment enhances your business. Leave the ongoing maintenance of your network to their team of experts so you can focus on your business.

Trust Marathon Consulting as your IT partner to help you:

  • Boost efficiency with minimal disruption to your day-to-day work flow
  • Concentrate on growing your core business while they handle your technology needs
  • Exceed ROI expectations and let your IT investment help your business grow
  • Protect your business and keep your computer network secure
  • Rest assured that your technology investment is working optimally

Visit them at marathonconsulting.com

SignTalk

Dedicated to enhancing communication between hearing and Deaf or hard of hearing persons, SignTalk provides interpreters/transliterators for a wide variety of settings, including: Vocational, Educational, Business, Conference, Legal, Medical and Entertainment. Its roster of interpreters/transliterators consists of nationally certified professionals, NIC/RID/NAD and qualified pre-certified interpreters/transliterators.

SignTalk is more than just a referral service; it is also an invaluable resource on interpreting, deafness, and deaf-blindness for sign language interpreters and the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community at large.

For more information visit them at signtalk.org

Small Businesses

Word

WORD has two bookstores: one in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, that opened in March of 2007, and one in Jersey City, which opened in December 2013. Their primary goal is to be whatever their communities need them to be.

In Brooklyn, that means carrying a lot of paperback fiction (especially classics), cookbooks, board books, and absurdly cute cards and stationery. In addition, they're fiends for a good event, from the classic author reading and Q&A to potlucks and a basketball league (and anything set in a bar). A small operation, just 1000 square feet, but they read too much, so it all works out.

Visit them at wordbookstores.com

Pates et Traditions 

Are you dreaming of eating in the French countryside but you can’t afford to take a plane across the Atlantic? You may be in luck…if you so happen to be anywhere close to Williamsburg. This is where Pates et Traditions is located. A small, quaint and kitsch French restaurant serving delicious savory and sweet crepes and other french comfort foods.

Pates et Traditions is an authentically French creperie with a Mediterranean twist. The atmosphere is friendly and outside there are several tables which are fantastic on a nice evening and perfect for people watching.

Visit their website for more info at patesettraditions.com

MRK Computer Services

A one of a kind IT company Founded by Marc Anglade. MRK Specializes in computer repairs and upgrades, web design, home theater sales & installations and camera installation for your home or business. When it comes to computer repairs, they are the best. 

Whether you are looking for virus removal, data migration, screen replacement, or security camera installation their mission is to serve their clients with the highest quality of work.

They provide same day response on all diagnostics. At that point, you decide whether or not you want to proceed with repairs. They make it easy!

Check out their website at mrknyc.com

Ride Brooklyn

Ride Brooklyn opened in May 2009 on Bergen St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn with the intention of being a friendly neighborhood bike shop with a wide range of products and experience, without all the attitude. Their top priority is the your overall experience, whether you're a seasoned racer or first time commuter.

In October of 2012 Ride Brooklyn opened a second location on the Williamsburg waterfront at North 7th and Kent ave. This new shop is large and stocks a wide range of all the same great products. You will receive the same great service and prices at either location.

Also part of the Ride Brooklyn Family is Skate Brooklyn, where you can find a mini-ramp for testing new boards, as well as snowboard sales and service during the winter. 

In addition to its wide range of products, Ride Brooklyn has a full repair shop staffed by expert mechanics as well as a computraining studio and computerized Guru Experience bicycle fittings.

Visit their site at ridebrooklynny.com

Coworking Spaces

Bat Haus 

Bat Haus is a large space with two functions: a communal office on weekdays and an event space on the weekends, with a backyard in the heart of Brooklyn NY.

They are "Best Communal Office 2013 New York" selected by Village Voice and featured on BuzzFeed under "The Amazing Alternative NYC Wedding Venue".

For events, they keep it simple-- there is no restrictions on catering or vendors. You are more than welcome to drop off food/drinks the day before your event on the weekend. They also make sure that you will be only dealing with one person from booking to the end of your event. 

Their space can accommodate up to 125 guests for standing and seated events. Perfect for weddings baby showers, birthday parties, bridal showers, and fundraisers.

Visit their website at bathaus.com

DUMBO Startup Lab

DUMBO Startup Lab is a community hub for entrepreneurs, designers and innovators focused on tech & web development. They provide coworking space, networking and collaboration opportunities and host classes and events in a beautiful 2,300 sq. ft. corner loft. Their goal is to provide a synergetic, educational and collaborative environment that connects members with NYC’s Silicon Alley, while harnessing the growth and identity of Brooklyn’s own innovation ecosystem. 

Visit them at dumbostartuplab.com

Conclusion

That is our snapshot of the best of Brooklyn entrepreneurship. As you can see Brooklyn is booming and is an extraordinary place to be an entrepreneur right now. We plan on making this an annual article and while we did a lot of research we're sure we missed some great entrepreneurs that should have been added to this list. Please send us any positive feedback or anything we missed and we'll make a note for the next article about Brooklyn entrepreneurs.

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