Meet a Small Business

Meet a Small Business makes a place for demonstrations, workshops, and displays to promote small businesses, activate city streets, and build community. Street Lab provides a custom-designed cart, signage, and technical support to Business Improvement Districts and area businesses. Here are some examples of Meet A Small Business demos:

  • garden center teaching how to pot seedlings for participants to take home
  • coffee shop showcasing latté art with a barista
  • flower shop sharing tips for making the perfect bouquet
  • salon offering styling sessions on the sidewalk
  • food shop demonstrating how to cut a wheel of parmesan
  • and more!

Here’s what happens: with support from Street Lab and the local Business Improvement District, a small business comes up with an idea for a demonstration. On the street people gather around, watch, and connect with the business owner and each other.

This program was launched in 2023 as part of our Streets Alive initiative, supported by NYC Dept. of Small Business Services.

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Meet a Small Business on Fulton Street

Meet a Small Business on Fulton Street

On Saturday, April 1, Street Lab’s Meet a Small Business program landed on Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, to showcase local businesses in partnership with FAB Fulton. A new Street Lab-designed cart made its debut, stopping in front of three small businesses...

Activating streets to support NYC small businesses

Activating streets to support NYC small businesses

This past Sunday, Street Lab tested two new programs supporting small businesses on the Open Street on East 115th Street in front of La Marqueta—One Big Table, featuring free food samples from market vendors, and Meet a Small Business, featuring a plant-potting...

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