Encouraging Small Businesses
Kimco Realty is actively seeking startup entrepreneurs and first-time business owners to apply and participate in our KEYS program. KEYS (Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start) will place qualified applicants into Kimco shopping centers with one year of free rent and additional benefits. Kimco will provide operational and financial support through the critical startup incubation years, to better ensure the success of these first-time business owners.
Mom-and-pop stores are an integral part of our communities, and Kimco designed the KEYS program to help encourage small business, as well as women, minority and veteran-owned businesses to open and succeed. KEYS launched in California, and has now expanded into 19 states across the U.S. In total, there are over 600 small shops (2,500 square feet and under) available for KEYS participants, including many pre-built restaurant spaces.