BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Friday joined officials from the Binghamton Local Development Corporation (BLDC) and SUNY Broome’s Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) to announce Infiniti Greens as the winner of the 2019 BLDC-EAP Business Plan Competition, which awards $5,000 to the best plan for developing a business in the City of Binghamton.
“Infiniti Greens is a prime example of the entrepreneurial spirit of Binghamton University students and the type of local food sourcing that more and more residents are looking for,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “We congratulate Infiniti Greens on winning this business plan competition and look forward to the company’s growth and success in the City of Binghamton.”
Founded in a dorm room at Binghamton University, Infiniti Greens specializes in growing microgreens — young vegetable greens that have concentrated nutrients and flavor. The company cultivates microgreens indoors year-round and sells the product at local farmers markets and through direct delivery. Infiniti Greens also works with local restaurants which have added the greens as ingredients. Friday’s announcement was made at Infiniti Greens, 75 Travis Ave. in Binghamton.
The competition, which is the longest running of its kind in the Greater Binghamton area, seeks to cultivate local business development, promote entrepreneurial spirit and raise awareness about EAP training, BLDC financing and other community resources for small business growth.
In addition to a $5,000 cash award, Infiniti Greens will receive additional support donated by Binghamton businesses and organizations:
- Five hours of accounting services: Davidson Fox & Co.
- $500 in legal counsel: Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP
- One-year membership to Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce
- Three months free co-working memberships at Koffman Southern Tier Incubator
- $500 in sign creation services courtesy of 3i Graphics & Signs, Binghamton
- $500 in website services courtesy of Freshy Sites
- $500 in branding services courtesy of Idea-Kraft
- Brand & marketing strategy consultation courtesy of Rtistry By Design
Competition judges included representatives from the BLDC, EAP and Koffman Southern Tier Incubator. The prize money for the competition comes from the annual budget of the BLDC’s Marketing & Outreach Plan, which is funded by the BLDC’s Urban Development Action Grant.
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