• Nantucket Island Center for Entrepreneurship 

  • Watch local entrepreneurs compete for cash and prizes in our own version of "Shark Tank." Tickets available now.

    The Second Annual Pitch Competition will be held from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm on Friday, September 24 at the Dreamland Film & Cultural Center. 

    Inspired by the popular television show "Shark Tank," four teams of local entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a panel of distinguished judges, including Shark Tank guest shark Jamie Siminoff, founder of Ring, and Bruce Percelay, founder of the Mount Vernon Company and publisher of N Magazine.  Over $15,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

    Tickets are free but limited, with registration required prior to the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168302369919

    Interested in helping support this program through a donation?  Please email karen@nantucketchamber.org.

    Generously sponsored by the Chamber, ReMain Ventures, Cape Cod 5 Bank, and N Magazine.

  • Nantucket Island Center for Entrepreneurship

    The Nantucket Island Center for Entrepreneurship (NICE) launched in January 2019 with the mission of creating the optimal local environment where resources are provided, and connections are made, to support the successful launch and growth of new businesses on the island of Nantucket. 

    While many wonderful regional/national resources exist for entrepreneurs, the Nantucket market is distinct and therefore requires a highly localized approach to incubating new businesses. The staffing and logistical challenges of operating on an island, as well as seasonality factors, make starting and scaling a business here particularly onerous.  NICE strives to bridge the gap between existing resources and the highly localized needs of our entrepreneurs by offering one-on-one business coaching, group educational programs, and a network of mentors tailored to the needs of Nantucket's unique market.  Focusing on early stage companies, NICE complements Chamber programming and resources for more established members of the business community.

    For more information about NICE please see our Frequently Asked Questions or email karen@nantucketchamber.org

  • Business Consulting Services

    The Center offers FREE, one-on-one business consulting sessions.  Aspiring as well as newly established entrepreneurs are encouraged to sign up. During these sessions, entrepreneurs are free to vet business ideas, review business models/financial forecasts, receive advice about marketing strategies, discuss funding resources, or any other topic that will help them progress in their journey.  Initial sessions are typically 60-90 minutes, and may be followed with additional free sessions as needed.  To sign up please complete this simple survey.
  • Educational Workshops

    The Center offers also offers free or low-cost workshops, on a variety of topics, such as creating a business plan, raising capital and effective advertising strategies.  Check here often for a list of upcoming events.  Watch the panel discussion from our Growing Great Companies event, held in conjunction with the Nantucket Conference.

  • Become a Mentor

    Do you have experience running a business on Nantucket?  Then you know how incredibly challenging it can be to operate on this island.  Please consider becoming a mentor. Please email Karen Macumber (karen@nantucketchamber.org) if you are interested in participating in our mentorship network.

    For more information about NICE please see our Frequently Asked Questions or email karen@nantucketchamber.org.


  • Past NICE & Chamber Educational & Special Events: 

    Social Media (in cooperation with SCORE Cape Cod & The Islands). Took place on April 30 by presenter Caitlin from Leg Up Marketing + Communications.

    SEED Corporation and Cape Cod Five are offering a free workshop on Thursday, April 25th at Cape Cod 5 Banking Center on Pleasant Street.  There will be two sessions covering the fundamentals of planning and preparing for financing, and understanding financial statements.  For registration information contact SEED at 508-822-1020 x318.

    Nantucket's First Annual Pitch Competition was held on Saturday, October 5, featuring eight finalists who competed for over $12,000 in cash and prizes.  Our winners were: First Place:  Thomas Holt, Sandy Pedals (dockless electric bike program launching 2020), Second Place:  Sharon Quigley, Kezia Coffins Tea Room (entertainment/dining concept), Third Place:  Brandon Jellison, Lavender Farm Wellness (new on demand scheduling app for wellness services)