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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 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.

The National Association of Women Business Owners of New York City (NAWBO-NYC)
NEXCO is an international trade association that sponsors monthly seminars and webinars that provide pertinent and timely information to importers, exporters, freight forwarders, bankers, attorneys, accountants, and any other professional engaged in global trade. NEXCO members have interests in insurance, international banking, freight forwarding, trade law, customs brokerage, trade software and e-commerce. They are large and small, American, foreign and multinational.

NMBC is a networking and referral organization for small women- and minority-owned businesses. It is dedicated to providing business assistance, educational opportunities, seminars, purchasing exchanges, mentoring, business listings, and related services to businesses throughout the tri-sate area and across the nation. Members are listed in a directory that is sent to corporate and government purchasing agents. NMBC also offers general technical assistance and networking events to its members. Annual membership is $375. NMBC is currently offering on a quarterly basis an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp specifically designed for individuals transitioning from employee to entrepreneur and for new entrepreneurs who have been in business less than two (2) years. For further information on the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp and to fill an Application Form for participation, please visit the NMBC Web site:

The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) provides free legal assistance to low- to moderate-income microentrepreneurs who are starting up or expanding a small business in NYC. NELP offers free legal assistance on issues such as determining the best legal structure and corporate formation, drafting and reviewing business contacts, negotiating commercial leases, and obtaining intellectual property protections including trademarks, copyrights and patents. If you are a microentrepreneur or community-based organization, contact NELP at 212-382-6633 for eligibility requirements.



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