Business owners and those hoping to join their ranks came together Thursday in Huntington Station for a meet-and-greet session.
Held at the Huntington Business Incubator on New York Avenue, the meeting connected those with hopes of starting their own businesses with those who could serve as mentors or otherwise help bring the dream to reality.
Ryan Porter, vice president of Renaissance Downtowns, which is the master planner for Huntington Station revitalization, said that his organization is "eager to work with local, small businesses" as it rebuilds underdeveloped properties.
Entrepreneurs brought a variety of ideas, from selling incense and oils to life coaching to setting up a fresh produce shop.
Joan Cergol, director of the Community Development Agency, said entrepreneurs are encouraged to join the incubator where they will be able to use office space, receive their business mail and connect with others.
"We are trying to create a dynamic environment for business here," Cergol said. The incubator is funded by a HUD grant.
In addition to Renaissance Downtowns, other groups present to assist were , Source the Station, Huntington Station Business Improvement District, Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce & Multicultural Business Committee, Small Business Development Center, Town of Huntington Economic Development Corporation, the Huntington Public Library and La Fuerza Community Development Corp.
Among business leaders or those on scene to encourage the entrepreneurs were Brad Rosen, owner of Station Sports and president of president of the Huntington Station Business Improvement District, Marcelo Bonilla of People's United Bank, Vita Scaturro of Community National Bank and Michael Bogin, director of the Huntington Public Library.
"Im extremely excited about the quality of the mentors," said Town Supervisor Frank Petrone. "They've already accomplished so much."