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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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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.

The Minority and Women Revolving Loan Program is a program designed to financially assist small business owners who operate or own businesses in Crown Heights, or Central Brooklyn. Funded by the New York Empire State Development Corporation, services are available to minority and women business owners who have existing businesses or are starting new businesses. Loans are available from $2,000 up to $50,000 at an affordable interest rate with reasonable terms.

The Minority and Women Revolving Loan Trust Fund Program makes low-cost financial assistance available to minority and women-owned businesses ["M/WBEs"] that are unable to access traditional financial services. Working capital loans of up to $35,000 and fixed asset loans of up to $50,000 are available. BSRC also provides related technical assistance services to M/WBEs to help these businesses survive and grow. These services include: assistance with completion of loan applications, business plan development, mentorship and peer group programs, and credit union services [where available].

This loan program is open to minority and women-owned businesses with sales not exceeding $10 million and located in Southeast Queens. Loans range from $10,000. to $300,000. for working capital and $10,000. to $300,000. for fixed assets. There is a $100 application fee, 1% commitment fee, and closing costs. Telephone: (718) 291-0282 ext. 139.

The Opportunity Development Association's Minority Business Center offers individual counseling on financing, marketing, procurement opportunities, and other issues related to business start-up, growth, and expansion. The MBC also provides consultation on the following topics: financial packaging, e-commerce solutions, import/export services, and minority certification.

Moore Street Market is one of Brooklyn’s oldest indoor markets serving East Williamsburg and the surrounding neighborhoods for close to 70 years. The 15,000 square foot Market in the Graham Avenue shopping district also offers events throughout the year such as seminars for small businesses. Moore Street Market provides a nurturing environment that facilitates small business growth, and the creation and retention of job opportunities. The Market is managed by the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation and leased from the NYC Economic Development Corporation. Visit the Market’s website for a Vendor application form. Only applicants from food and farm related merchants will be considered.  Check out the  Moore Street Market blog for updates.

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