Boston Public Market Entrepreneurship Program, Powered by Citizens

What is the Entrepreneurship Forum?

In an effort to help mitigate barriers that exist for minority and female small business owners, the Market launched a two-part program aimed to increase education, opportunity and access to the downtown stage: the Boston Public Market Entrepreneurship Forum, powered by Citizens. This six-seminar series supports financial and business development of our small business community. The forum culminates our Boston Public Market incubator competition, powered by Citizens, an opportunity for local minority-owned businesses to sell their wares in the Market, free of charge for up to one year.


Six seminars featuring speaking panels by industry leaders on key topics: developing a business plan, branding, marketing, and much more.


Eligible Forum participants have the opportunity to compete for grants up to $5000 and free rent space in Boston Public Market for up to a year.

2023-2024 TIMELINE


  • Businesses must be based in New England and able to provide goods/services to the Boston area. 
  • Businesses must have no more than one retail location as of June 2023. 
  • In order to compete in the Incubator Competition, a business owner or representative must attend all Forum sessions.

Applications are closed for the 2023-24 Entrepreneurship Forum.

“As a Market on a Mission, supporting and developing local entrepreneurs is the cornerstone of what makes the Boston Public Market a unique, vibrant, and mission-driven institution in Downtown Boston. We are thrilled to welcome this next generation of minority-owned small businesses and shepherd their success through ongoing mentorship, collaboration, and guidance.”

Cheryl Cronin, CEO of Boston Public Market

congratulations to our 2022 winner

Lifebloom, owned by Eric Kaweesi and Megan Schuler, is a home fragrance candle brand with a mission to enhance the human experience through handmade products that bring nature home. Following a weekend getaway enjoying the crisp, clean smells of Vermont, Eric and Megan returned to Boston inspired to bring nature home through a multi-sensory experience. Their candles are made from 100% natural ingredients and are handcrafted, including the concrete vessels, start to finish in Boston. Lifebloom will open seven days a week for one year starting in September 2023.

and our other recipients:

Kay’s Curries
by Kalpana Kethineedi
Ready-to-cook meal kits for delicious, authentic, and healthy Indian cuisine.
Really Just Shae
by Aicha Kaba
Clean skin-care brand promoting self care and love through gentle all natural alternatives to beauty including handmade shea butters and oils, soaps, scrubs, and accessories.
Babes Handmade
by Meaka Brown
An herbal apothecary selling products ranging from body care & spa to infused soaps and tinctures.


NBC’s The Hub Today coverage of Lifebloom, winner of our 2022-23 incubator competition, powered by Citizens.

Announcement of our 2022-23 incubator competition recipients on Java with Jimmy.

BOS Today feature of the Entrepreneurship Forum and incubator competition, powered by Citizens.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Entrepreneurship Forum, please email