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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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Helpful ResourceS

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.

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

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. is a FREE, educational website that provides business financing information to small business owners.

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.

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 New American Chamber of Commerce invites you to participate in their Small Business Boot Camp series held on five consecutive Tuesdays at 6:00 PM from November 17, 2015 - December 15, 2015 in Brooklyn.

The next American Express Small Business Saturday is scheduled for Saturday November 28, 2015.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation and Paris&Company invite you to apply for the NYC-Paris Business Exchange competition providing New York-based startups with business opportunities in Paris & helping Paris-based companies expand their footprints in New York. The application deadline is November 30, 2015.

Kelley Drye invites you to join them for a Fashion and Retail Customs and Trade Roundtable webinar on Tuesday December 1, 2015 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET.

The Science, Industry and Business Library [SIBL] is presenting a Money Matters Military @ SIBL seminar Found Money: Optimizing Budgets and Cash Flow on Tuesday December 1, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Library, 188 Madison Avenue @ 34th Street. The seminar is FREE and registration is not required.

The Science, Industry and Business Library [SIBL] invites you to attend a FREE evening seminar How to Get Health Insurance for Your Small Business Through the NY State of Health on Tuesday December 1, 2015 from 6:00 PM -7:30 PM at the Library.

The New York City Department of Small Business Services invites you to participate in the Best for NYC: 5-Borough Challenge, a FREE opportunity for small businesses to measure their social and environmental performance. The launch will be held in each borough during November-December 2015. 

The Hebrew Free Loan Society invites you to participate in their Encore Entrepreneurs progam for individuals age 50+ who are looking to launch a business. The 12-week course launches on Wednesday December 2, 2015 in Manhattan.

Angel Week NY is scheduled for Monday November 30 - Thursday December 3, 2015 at Microsoft Headquarters in Times Square.

The Women's Venture Fund and Spring Bank are hosting a morning seminar Doing Business via Social Media: Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls on Thursday December 3, 2015 from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM in the Bronx.

The Science, Industry and Business Library [SIBL] and TruFund Financial Services invite you to attend a  Small Business Risk Education Workshop on Thursday December 3, 2015 from 5;00 PM - 7:45 PM at the Library in Manhattan. This event is FREE but registration is required.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation invites you to attend the HITLAB Innovators Summit on Thursday-Friday December 3-4, 2015 at Columbia University.

Fairleigh Dickinson University invites you to attend a morning seminar Doing Business in Australia on Friday December 4, 2015 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM in New Jersey.

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs is presenting a FREE seminar on NYC's Paid Sick Leave Law - to help employers understand their responsibilities under the law - on Wednesday December 9, 2015 from 9:30 AM -10:30 AM in Manhattan. Click here for additional information about the Law.

New York City Comptroller Scoot Stringer invites you to participate in a hearing for business owners and entrepreneurs. The Red Tape Commission Hearing is scheduled for Thursday December 10, 2015 from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM in Manhattan.

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

The Small Business Administration is offering  FREE webinars the Affordable Care Act 101 for Small Employers from October 2015 - December 2015. The webinars are offered in English and in Spanish.

Macy's is now accepting applications for its next Workshop @ Macy's class which begins in April 2016. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM EST on January 31, 2016.

The Workshop in Business Opportunities [WIBO] is launching it's 16 week workshop series How to Build a Growing and Profitable Business in February 2016 for entrepreneurs who are in business or are planning to start a business very soon.. 

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!

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio has introduced One New York: the Plan for a Strong and Just City [OneNYC]. The Plan envisions how the City should be shaped to address a range of social, economic, and environmental issues.

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

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