• Nantucket Island Center for Entrepreneurship 

  • 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 apply 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 and see below for past events.

    Special Event June 8th

    Growing Great Companies: A Workshop for Island & Cape Entrepreneurs

    Dreamland Film and Cultural Center, 17 S. Water Street, Nantucket

    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Join us for a very special workshop, produced in conjunction with The Nantucket Conference, the preeminent gathering of investors and entrepreneurs in the country.  The program will feature veteran entrepreneurs and investors sharing the struggles, success factors, and secrets of building great businesses in all kinds of industries. Our speakers have invested in companies like Lovepop and HubSpot: sold companies for $100 million plus;  been selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 List; won startup competitions at South by Southwest; run successful Kickstarter campaigns; and helped founders launch hundreds of new products. The sole focus of this event is helping entrepreneurs think through the challenges and issues related to getting their companies into growth trajectory.  

    The first session, an interactive panel, will be moderated by Scott Kirsner, "Innovation Economy" columnist, Boston Globe;  Co-Founder and Program Chair, Nantucket Conference on Entrepreneurship & Innovation.  Speakers include Scott Savitz, Founder Data Point Capital and Former CEO of Shoebuy.com;  Joe Caruso, Angel Investor Bantam Group; Rebecca Liebman, CEO LearnLux; Ralph Folz, Former CEO WordStream; Scott Miller, CEO Dragon Innovation and Partner, Bolt;  Bobbie Carlton, Founder Carlton PR and Founder of Innovation Nights.

    The second session will be small group workshops, where attendees can meet with our speakers to talk about specific topics:  How to Raise Money; Running a Crowdfunding Campaign; Growing Your Business in a Digital World;  Crafting an Effective Marketing Strategy; and other topics to be announced.

    Registration is just $20 (contribution will go toward funding island entrepreneur programs).  Don't miss this incredible chance to meet with these amazing mentors and investors.





    Become a Mentor
    In as little as one hour, you can significantly impact the success of island entrepreneurs by sharing your own invaluable experience.  Executives and business owners across all industries are encouraged to give back to the community by 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 NICE@nantucketchamber.org