Join Newark Makerhoods

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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

  • Preferred Applicant:

    • Newark residents

    • 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.

Sign up to be notified when the Newark Makerhoods application goes live.

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