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Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation

Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (CBEDC) is a Brooklyn based not for profit agency located in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. CBEDC is committed to assisting community residents achieve economic success and well being. Simply put, CBEDC is dedicated to creating community economic growth opportunities.

Community Resources | For Local Businesses

Brownsville has many effective resources that connect small businesses to start-up advice, finance, tech support and so much more.

Financial Assistance

Explore our numerous financial assistance programs that provide loans, investment capital, disaster assistance, and grants.

Legal Assistance

Explore our legal resources that increase fairness in the private sector by advocating, litigating, and educating on behalf of Brownsville business executives.

Planning A Business

There are a lot of great resources in Brownsville to help you achieve your start-up goals. Learn more!

Market Analytics Services

Through our market analysis resources, local businesses are able to determine target markets, competition, and ways to service and promote products in Brownsville.


When eligible Brownsville businesses are properly certified, they become more visible to prospective buyers, including New York City and State agencies, as well as private contractors seeking to purchase goods and services. Learn more.

Pitkin Avenue Storefronts

Explore Pitkin Bid's commercial listings. The commercial space listings are updated quarterly and includes broker information, square footage, and asking price.

Youth Design Agency

Youth Design Agency is a youth creative agency and innovation hub that provides a gateway for young people to learn marketable hard skills in STEAM, access postsecondary education, achieve economic mobility, and engage in place-based community revitalization. Made in Brownsville projects teach design thinking, art, multimedia, tech and communication skills to give young people the technical and leadership tools they need to compete in the innovation economy and to be leaders in their community.

The Pitkin Advantage

The Pitkin BID delivers services to local business and property owners and has a meaningful impact on the Brownsville community through quality of life initiatives. Introducing the Pitkin Advantage! The Pitkin Advantage card is FREE to Pitkin Avenue shoppers and Ocean Hill-Brownsville residents. Cardholders use the card to get unique deals and discounts at participating retailers on Pitkin and Rockaway Avenue. Deals and discounts are updated monthly so be sure to check back regularly!

Brownsville Mobility Labs

JobsFirstNYC, in partnership with the Brownsville Justice Center, Made in Brownsville, Central Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, and Community Board 16, is working with Brownsville residents in a community-driven process to: (1) Define economic mobility; (2) Determine existing barriers to mobility; and (3) Identify possible solutions. This initiative uses intensive, deep community engagement to discover place-based solutions to economic mobility. The community engagement process will continue through June 2020, at which point the community is expected to put forth an implementable plan to support economic mobility.

Business Research & Reports | On Brownsville

Keep up-to-date with current data and analysis of important issues in Brownsville.

The Brownsville Plan | 1st Annual Report

By Brownsville Mobility Labs

The Brownville Plan | 2nd Annual Progress Report - 2019

Presented by Brownsville Mobility Labs

Brownville Plan | Semi-Annual Update (Feb. 2020)

(PDF Report)

Local Business Events & Workshops

Locate business-related events that support marketing, financial, and legal efforts for your start-up, established, or non-profit venture.


Be on Belmont

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...increasing positive pro-social activity and pedestrian foot traffic to the Belmont business corridor.