Brooklyn products need to be differentiated as being “of Brooklyn”, especially because unassociated products are using the borough name. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce launched the “Made in Brooklyn” awards in 2013, which uses the percentage of production, amount of product development, or amount of product assembly in Brooklyn as criteria. However, establishing a clear definition of what is “Brooklyn-made” will ensure equitable treatment across local products.
The Chamber has developed a points-based scale system for certification of specific product lines. The Brooklyn Made certification will result in different levels of “Brooklyn-ness,” from bronze certification, to silver or gold level depending on the level of operations taking place in the borough.
As baseline criteria, only legal businesses headquartered in Brooklyn making one or more physical products will be considered. From there, the points-based system will evaluate a range of manufacturing activities, taking into account criteria such as share of total employees located in Brooklyn, location of product assembly, where design and development takes place, and other important factors.
Interested businesses can apply by completing an online application form, which can be found on the Brooklyn Chamber’s website. An independent advisory board, consisting of Brooklyn-based manufacturing stakeholders, will review applications on a quarterly basis. There will be a $50 one-time fee for non-members, and $25 fee for member businesses.
Brooklyn Made Certification Program
Brooklyn-Made Certification Application