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draft rendering of the Box Bazaar

<span style="font-size: 10pt;"><em>draft rendering of the Box Bazaar</em></span>
The Box Bazaar is an upcoming temporary neighborhood center installation that will activate vacant city-owned land at 3511 Manor Road by providing 6 affordable commercial spaces to small local businesses and creating a space for the community to hang out and enjoy. The project's mission is to temporarily activate vacant city-owned land to further citywide goals for complete communities, economic opportunity, and equity by working closely with the community to build vibrant neighborhood centers and prioritize the needs of underserved communities.

The businesses will be be run out of retrofitted shipping containers, which will be rented out at market rate to enthusiastic and creative entrepreneurs willing to test out new ideas or expand their local businesses for a period of six months, from mid-January 2019 to mid-July 2019. The City of Austin will also be sponsoring a variety of programming to further activate this area by holding a variety of events such as live music performances, movie nights, health screenings, cooking demos, and dance and exercise classes.

If you are interested in: (1) expanding your local business concept; (2) have previous experience running and/or owning a successful small business; and (3) want to commit to running your business at this temporary location for six months, please fill out this application.

This effort is designed to encourage minority and woman-owned business from East Austin, but all are encouraged to apply.

Carefully review the Box Bazaar Tenant Information sheet for information regarding rent, the work space, tenant responsibilities and expectations, selection criteria, and details about the tenant application process before submitting this application. Candidates will be asked to pitch their business idea in front of a community panel as part of the selection process.

The finalists will be apprised by the end of December 2018 if they have been chosen to run their business at the Box Bazaar: Manor Road. Finalists who are awarded a container space will also receive professional counselling and a variety of small business educational courses. All applicants are eligible for no-cost business coaching through the City of Austin's Small Business Program.

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