To stimulate economic development in Harlem and surrounding communities through the creation and support of business enterprises, the generation and retention of jobs, and the education of residents.

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Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund Opportunity

Harlem Commonwealth Council is an economic development corporation determined to bring economic prosperity to Upper Manhattan, Washington Heights, and Bronx residents.

In these areas, we offer practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty by providing resources for budding entrepreneurs and business owners, academic enrichment and mentorship for youth and adults, and skills training for all community residents.

At HCC, we understand the ever-changing economic landscape of communities served by monitoring the pulse of Harlem and Bronx businesses.


Moreover, we champion strategic goals focused on community workforce solutions, business retention and expansion, and business recruitment and attraction.

Partnered with the best, HCC is a pillar of the community with a team of highly skilled and connected professionals who will go above and beyond to provide unparalleled support for up-and-coming entrepreneurs and small businesses.


We can also connect you with resources to help accomplish your personal and professional goals and show you opportunities for growth and prosperity within Harlem and the Bronx.


Harlem Commonwealth Council (HCC) Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization delivering community-driven economic development services to residents of Harlem and surrounding communities since 1967. 


HCC was established by a group of civic-minded African Americans under the 1964 Landmark Economic Opportunity Act. Today, HCC serves the residents and businesses from Mid-Manhattan, Upper Manhattan, and the Bronx with a mix of education and business development.


Up until 2006, HCC principally owned real estate along the West 125th Street business corridor, retained businesses that would have relocated or closed, and provided local businesses with the funding and technical assistance critical for growth.


Since 2006, HCC has sought to address the educational and entrepreneurial needs of the community while maintaining a vast real estate portfolio. 


Paramount to its successes, HCC continues to address the causes of personal and collective poverty – working tirelessly to ensure the long-term economic self-sufficiency of all residents.