Mission Statement

The Innovation Lab is an integrated employment and business development center that provides local job seekers access to career training and job placement services while also acting as a resource to local businesses by providing recruitment and business planning support, spurring business growth. 

The Innovation Lab is run by a public-private partnership that includes Industry City, New York City College of Technology and nonprofit groups including: Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, and Center for Family Life.

The Innovation Lab at Industry City offers a range of career, training, and business services.

Business Services

Hiring + Recruitment Services

No-cost recruitment, screening, and placement support for a range of industries including: office administration, industrial and manufacturing, technology, retail, hospitality, medical facilities, professional services, and more.

For hiring needs, please contact:
Michael Salazar (he/him)
Senior Director of Workforce Innovation
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
Office: 718-801-8970

For customized training needs, please contact:
Shani Watler (she/her)
Director of Partnerships and Customized Training
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
O: 718.237.2017 ext.139 | M: 917.734.2082


Plan for Growth Series

Plan for Growth is a 10-week business development program for small manufacturers. The program, funded by JP Morgan Chase + Co, guides participants in developing and implementing a new and individualized Plan for Growth. Participants will explore effective ways to move from a startup mentality and to a long-term vision of sustainable growth.

The Plan for Growth course covers an array of essential and timely topics such as accounting, human resource management, capital, supply chains, distribution, the digital space, marketing and branding, leadership, organizational culture, and more!

Business Workshops

The New York City College of Technology Small Business Development Center offers small businesses and entrepreneurs free workshops and training to ensure businesses are prepared for startup, growth or expansion. Workshops are on a variety of topics including business start up basics, financial projections, business planning and more. If you or your business reside in New York, the SBDC can maneuver you around the obstacles to success.


The Innovation Lab works collaboratively to place young adults in subsidized and unsubsidized internships.

Career Services

Free Job Placement Assistance:

Due to COVID-19, the Innovation Lab's weekly in-person information sessions are on hold. For jobseekers looking for employment, skills training, or other resources, please reach out directly to the Innovation Lab partners to schedule an appointment:

Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT) If you are unemployed or working less than 20 hours/week, please email jobs@obtjobs.org to schedule an appointment.

OBT Education & Training programs include High School Equivalency, Technology (Cloud Support Engineering & Digital Marketing), Construction (Masonry) and Healthcare (Medical Administrative Assistant). If interested, please visit obtjobs.org or email outreach@obtjobs.org

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations (BWI)
Commercial Driving (CDL)
Film & TV Production and Post Production
Low Voltage Cabling

Visit bwiny.org or call 718-237-2017

SCO - Center for Family Life
Employment services, ESOL classes, and other inquiries can contact Maria Ferrerira, Employment Program Director at mferreira@sco.org or 718-633-4823

Brooklyn Workforce1 Industrial & Transportation Career Center Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC) Search and apply for any open positions:
• Register with Workforce 1: https://a801-worksource1.nyc.gov
• Choose ‘Brooklyn Workforce1 Industrial & Transportation Center’
• Receive a confirmation number

Intake Coordinator, Natalie Camacho


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