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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.

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Long Island City Partnership’s [LIC] mission is to advocate for economic development that benefits Long Island City’s industrial, commercial, cultural, and residential sectors. The goal is to attract new businesses to LIC, retain those already here, welcome new residents and visitors, and promote a vibrant and authentic mixed-use community. The LIC Partnership operates the Long Island City Business Improvement District (LICBID) and the LIC Industrial Business Zone, and hosts educational, networking, and community events.

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.

Assists business in location planning, this Office offers statistical information about business activity in the borough. The Borough President's Office also assists businesses in dealing with government agencies, accessing financial incentive programs, and provides referrals. The Borough President's Northern Manhattan Office is located at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10027. The telephone number is 212-531-1609.

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 ownersveterans and workforce development.

The New York County Clerk accepts for filing (in Room 109B, in the basement at 60 Centre Street) certificates of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and assumed names for businesses conducting business in New York County. The filing fee is $ 100 cash, and certified copies are an additional $ 10 each. The forms of certificate for sole proprietorship and partnership can be purchased at any commercial or legal stationery store, including the candy shop/newsstand in the lobby of the courthouse at 60 Centre Street. Searches of business names and records on file can be made in Room 117B in the basement at 60 Centre Street. If you wish to make a filing for corporate, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, and limited liability corporation status, you can do so only through the Secretary of State in Albany, New York.

Manufacturers of tangible personal property acquiring, developing, renovating or equipping facilities for their own use can access triple tax-exempt bond financing and real estate, mortgage and sales tax reductions.

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.

Midwood Development's Project Sweep offers commercial and residential cleaning as well as sanitation maintenance for street fairs, commercial strips, and Business Improvement Districts. There is a fee for service. MDC also can provide workers for office maintenance and light clerical work. The MDC may also be reached at 718-859-3011.

The Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Program connects businesses owned by minorities and/or women with opportunities to sell their products and services to New York City agencies. The program's goal is to promote fairness and equity in City procurement processes by providing services designed to strengthen the ability of certified M/WBEs to increase their capacity and effectively contribute to the City's economy.  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 and networking events, and an invitation to SBS’ Annual Procurement Fair.

SBS also welcomes all companies, regardless of M/WBE 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.