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Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business

December 2, 2021


Santander Bank’s Cultivate Small Business is designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs in low-income neighborhoods build and sustain their businesses, with a focus on women-, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses in food-related industries. The program provides industry specific education, networks and mentoring as well as small capital grants for business owners.


When is the program?

The 16-week program runs from early April– the end of June, 2022.

 What do I get?

The program provides:

○      custom business classes focused specifically on food businesses, taught by Babson College business professors

○      individualized connections to mentors in the food industry

○      support from a network of entrepreneurs, and

○      the chance to apply for grants to support your business

Can anyone apply?

You can quickly see if you meet the criteria for the program and check out the Application Link. Still worth applying even if you don’t meet all of the criteria!

Who runs this program?

It’s a collaboration between Santander BankBabson CollegeICICCommonWealth KitchenLaeda, and Columbia University – Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

How can I get more information?

  • Join an online info session on Tuesday, December 7that 3pm or Tuesday, January 11th at 11am or Monday, January 24th at 6pm. Sign up here to get the link.
  • If you have any questions about the program you can contact ploy@commonwealthkitchen.org

 Applications are due January 28, 2022.

The team will review applications and begin scheduling interviews on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage you to apply early to allow sufficient time for gathering necessary documentation.



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