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Harlem Business Alliance

The Harlem Business Alliance (HBA), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit established in 1980, creates environments and opportunities that produce successful entrepreneurs and creates jobs for local residents. HBA is dedicated to enriching the local business community, with an emphasis on Black owned businesses through education, support and advocacy. They believe local businesses create better communities and we inspire Black entrepreneurs to grow their roots not just locally but globally.

HBA’s history of successful business development and advocacy includes active involvement in the formation of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) and the Clinton Foundation’s creation of its Harlem Small Business Initiative. Our partnerships with UMEZ, TD Bank, the Harvard Business School Club of New York and Capital One Bank funded financial and business planning workshops.

HBA is a US Treasury Certified CDE (Community Development Entity) and BBB Accredited Charity.



HBA workshops teach basic business skills and provide vital information that businesses and individuals need to succeed in today’s business climate.


They provide One-on-One technical assistance from their subject matter experts in marketing, finance, business development and management, and IT to help starting or growing a business.

Power Networking Events

HBA Clients are in the room during events attended by representatives from the public and private sector including former Mayor Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Member Inez Dickens, State Senator Brian Benjamin, Artimus Construction, and Airbnb.

Patient Lending

Their in-house microloan fund provides loans between $5k and $65k to qualified Harlem entrepreneurs. Combined with their on-going technical assistance and commitment to client’s success, HBA’s loan program has been instrumental in developing successful Harlem entrepreneurs.

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