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Business Plan Winner: Chocoholics of the World, Get Ready!

In honor of National Chocolate Day, we're proud to say The Harlem Chocolate Factory is here to stay. This high-quality, locally-manufactured and responsibly-sourced “chocolate cultural experience” is the creation of Jessica Spaulding, owner, founder, and business plan winner.

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The Immigrant Business Connection

The Immigrant Business Connection is a web portal to help New Americans start a business in New York City by providing them with relevant information in the language of their choosing.

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Featured Entrepreneur: Rohit Arora, CEO of Biz2Credit

Overlooked immigrant market creates opportunity for Indian entrepreneur.

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Fashion industry insider Nicole Ryder reveals how to sell fashion to major retailers.

Nicole Ryder explains how to do your homework and get your product into the right stores.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) introduced its Regulatory Robot in January 2016. Touted as a web-based tool to help manufacturers and importers - particularly small businesses - identify the various CPSC rules and regulations that may apply to their products, the Robot is available online to all users. No registration is required.

Effective December 21, 2015 anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft [drone] of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System [UAS] registry before flying outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must register before February 19, 2016 or they could face civil and criminal penalties. Drone owners can also call 1-844-244-3565.

Since 1996 WomensNet - a Rochester, New York-based business - has awarded small business grants to women-owned businesses. For a $7.00 application fee WomensNet awards one $500 grant per month. A larger grant - $1000-$2000 - is awarded at the end of the calendar year.

In October 2015 Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and other payment networks will update their liability rule for card-present fraud. This change is the result of the introduction of EMV chip technology in credit cards. The Better Business Bureau has launched a website to help you learn how these new fraud liability rules could affect your business.

Etsy has introduced Etsy Manufacturing, a new service available in the United States and Canada that matches sellers with small manufacturers.New York City has launched WE NYC -Women Entrepreneurs New York City - an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship in New York City, with a special focus on underserved women and communities.


Business Mentor NYNew York State has launched Business Mentor NY to help NYS small businesses connect with pro bono mentors from private industry. Through, a wide range of professionals (eg. attorneys, CPAs, finance executives) volunteer their time to help entrepreneurs increase their annual revenue, create jobs and grow their business. Sign up now for free mentoring! 

The new website is now available for individuals and small business owners to preview and compare their health insurance options.

Digital NYCOn October 1, 2014 New York City launched the first ever, all-inclusive online hub that connects New Yorkers with information, resources, and jobs in New York City's digital economy.

The .nyc domain name is now available for the millions of people, businesses, organizations, and ideas within New York's five boroughs at

The Science, Industry and Business Library [SIBL] is presenting a FREE evening seminar De-Mystifying Twitter for Small Business on Tuesday February 16, 2016 from 6;00 PM -7:30 PM at SIBL.

Join the NYCEDC in celebrating digital health entrepreneurship at Pilot Day on Wednesday February 17, 2016 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Alexandria Center for Life Science in Manhattan.

The National Association of Women Business Owners [NAWBO] is presenting an afternoon seminar How to Finance Your Business in Stages: Options and Trade-Offs From the Experts on Thursday February 18, 2016 from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM at NYU Kaufman Management Center in Manhattan.

Start Small Think Big invites you to attend an evening seminar Small Business Tax and Financial Management on Thursday February 18, 2016 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at the BXL Bronx Business Incubator. To register please contact Roberto Enamorado at 718-205-3773 or

The United States Patent and Trademark Office is presenting a FREE evening seminar Copyright Basics and Considerations for Entrepreneurs on Thursday February 18, 2016 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Cornell Tech in Manhattan.

Want to be recognized as Best for NYC? Join other small businesses that are actively improving their economic and social impact by completing the Best for NYC assessment. Next Street - in partnership with NYCEDC and B Lab - will offer a two-day capacity building workshop series from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Thursday February 11, 2016 and Thursday February 25, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM in Manhattan. Contact Kevin Hazel at 617.318.6523 or for additional information.

The Better Business Bureau invites you to attend a morning seminar Transitions: Leadership Development, New Challenges and Evolving Business Models on Tuesday February 23, 2016 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. 

Columbia University / Technology Ventures is presenting a FREE morning seminar Mock Patent Examination on Thursday March 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Columbia University Medical Center, Health Sciences Library.

Join Crain's New York Business at their Crain's Business of Startups seminar on Tuesday March 22, 2016 from 8:30 AM -10:00 AM at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.

The European Patent Office is offering a series of webinars for patent information users. 

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership's 2016 schedule of Next Level Webinars is now available. All webinars take place on the last Monday of the month from 8:30 PM -9:30 PM.

StartUpNYStart-Up NY—New York State Empire Development—is creating tax free zones across the state for new and expanding businesses.

Entrepreneurship Glossary with translation into Spanish, French, Persian and Arabic. Also translations of other documents.

NYC Business Solutions—Get Your Business Launched!

Need New York City Statistics? Visit  NYC Data NYC Open Data; and We Are Made in New York

NYC Health Insurance Link [HI Link] helps New Yorkers—business owners and individuals—learn how to get the health coverage they need.

Small Group Meeting Rooms are available free at the Science, Industry and Business Library [SIBL] for groups of 2-10 people working on a business project. Time slots are for one or two hours and Wi-Fi is available.

Urban Interns: Find Part-Time Assistants or Part Time Jobs


Entrepreneurs Reap Volumes from Research Libraries article about SIBL from TheStreet.Com

Questions about your business credit? Visit Experian's is a FREE, educational website that provides business financing information to small business owners.

A coalition of nonprofit and industry lenders, credit marketplaces, brokers, think tanks, and small business advocates has launched the Small Business Borrowers' Bill of Rights [BBoR]. Learn more about the BBoR at ResponsibleBusiness

CBS has launched Small Business Pulse a website that describes itself as the "go-to, daily resource for the small business owner." The site taps into CBS resources to deliver "the most relevant, topical insight and information" in one convenient location.


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