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Small Business Services Directory
Use the search fields below to find hundreds of organizations in New York City that can provide you with help in starting or running your small business. Included in this searchable database are programs which offer business advice, loans, grants, location assistance, and a wide range of other services for small businesses throughout the city — often at no cost or for a low fee.
The Locally-Based Business Enterprise (LBE) Certification Program works to ensure that firms, regardless of the gender or ethnicity of the owner, doing business in economically deprived areas of the City or employing economically disadvantaged persons, receive no less than 10% of subcontracting opportunities on construction and construction-related contracts directly awarded by the City to contractors. Companies that become certified obtain greater access to and information about contracting opportunities, receive technical assistance to better compete for those opportunities, and benefit from inclusion in the City’s Online Directory of Certified Businesses. The program also provides certified firms access to opportunities to participate in educational workshops, networking events, and an invitation to SBS’ Annual Procurement Fair.
SBS also welcomes all companies, regardless of LBE status, to learn more about government procurement processes through our Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The PTAC assists businesses by providing guidance and direction on government vendor enrollment systems, identifying appropriate small business certifications, finding the right contracting opportunities, and responding to government contracting opportunities.
The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not for profit financial institution dedicated to meeting the financial services and credit needs of local residents, businesses and community organizations. LES serves a range of communities including individuals who live, work, volunteer, worship, or attend school in Manhattan Community Board 3 (Lower East Side) and Manhattan Community Board 10 (Central Harlem) and residents of New York’s five boroughs who have a household income less than $38,000 per year – see their website for a complete list. Services include small business loans; business and nonprofit bank accounts; business banking services; small business workshops; and technical assistance. LES also assists immigrants in obtaining IRS ITIN tax processing numbers. LES also has a Harlem branch on 125th Street. Services are available in Spanish and in English.
Workforce1 Career Centers are a one-stop shop for employers and jobseekers. Services to businesses may include human resources consulting, job-candidate screening and customized training for employees. For jobseekers services include resume and interview preparation, job-search coaching and access to educational and training opportunities. NYC Workforce1 Career Centers are located in all 5 boroughs. See separate program listings for additional information.
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a non-profit member organization, which serves as a primary resource and help for small and mid-size firms doing business in Manhattan. The MCC represents the voice of over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partners with over 300 diverse business organizations. The Chamber supports the business community through advocating for positive business legislation, hosting 3-4 monthly networking events and seminars, expanding marketing opportunities and international outreach. MCC’s mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan. MCC is also focused on providing opportunities for women and minority business owners, veterans and workforce development.
Each semester Medgar Evers College offers a variety of business courses such as Bookkeeping and Accounting, Non-Profit Management, Real Estate Salesperson, Project Management, Small Business Entrepreneurship, EMT Technician and Pharmacy Tech. We also offer GED Preparation, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, Advanced Photoshop, Introduction to HTML 5, Smart Phone App Workshop, Notary Public, Natural Hair Braiding, TV/FILM Production and more! Course feed range from $70 to $1,190.