Brooklyn-Made is a points-based scoring system for certification of specific product lines.
As baseline criteria, only legal businesses headquartered in Brooklyn making one or more physical products will be considered. From there, the points-based system evaluates a range of manufacturing activities, including:
- Sourcing of materials
- Product design and development
- Product processing
- Product assembly
- Product finishing
- Location of employees
- Length of time operating in Brooklyn
Each answer is given a weight from which a total is calculated to arrive at either bronze, silver, or gold certification. Please note, applicants with more than one product line (ex. a business producing soda, cookies, and jam), will need to complete separate applications for each product line. Applicants do not need to submit additional applications if the product to be certified is a variation of the same core product (ex. a business producing various types of candy, or various flavors of cookies).
Final determination of certification approval is done by the Brooklyn-Made Advisory Board, an independent review board established with the sole purpose of reviewing Brooklyn-Made Certification applications on a quarterly basis. All businesses who submitted an application before the end of the quarter will be promptly notified upon certification decision by the Brooklyn-Made Advisory Board.
Once awarded, the applicant will have the option of using the Brooklyn-Made logo for packaging purposes.
Applicants do not need to submit any additional documentation with your application. All applicants are subject to a yearly audit performed by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to five randomly selected applicants. If an applicant is found out of compliance, such applicant is automatically disqualified from participating in the certification for a period of one year following non-compliance determination.
Certification is subject to annual renewal and is valid for a period of 1 year (12 months) from the official approval start date.
There is a $50 one-time admin. fee for non-members, and $25 fee for Chamber member businesses, payable by credit card by clicking here: Online Payment Form
Your application will not be processed until application fee has been submitted.
If paying by check, please send application and check to:
335 Adams Street, Suite 2700
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Payable to: The Brooklyn Alliance
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