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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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The NYC Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of over 950,000 buildings and properties by enforcing the City's Building Code, Electrical Code, Zoning Resolution, New York State Labor Law and New York State Multiple Dwelling Law. Our main activities include performing plan examinations, issuing construction permits, inspecting properties, and licensing trades. We also issue Certificates of Occupancy and Place of Assembly permits. Anyone who intends to demolish, alter, build an addition or erect a new structure must obtain a building permit from the Department to ensure that the resulting house, loft, apartment, office, garage, house of worship or any other residential, commercial or industrial structure complies with all applicable laws. Fees are based on the size of the structure for new buildings/enlargements or, for alteration or demolition work, the estimated cost of the project.

If your business needs a Public Assembly permit (required if your place of business holds 75 or more people), Certificate of Occupancy, or if you are planning to engage in renovations, call or visit the DOB office where your business is located. The Staten Island DOB's TTY number is 718-420-5400

DCA enforces the Consumer Protection Law and other related business laws throughout New York City. Ensuring a fair and vibrant marketplace for consumers and businesses, DCA licenses moe than 71,000 businesses in 57 different industries. Through targeted outreach, partnerships with community and trade organizations, and informational materials, DCA educates consumers and businesses alike about their rights and responsibilities. DCA's Office of Financial Empowerment is the first municipal office of its kind in the nation with a mission to educate, empower and protect New Yorkers with low incomes. DCA's OFE administers to a citywide network of Financial Empowerment Centers and other products and services that help these New Yorkers make the best use of their financial resources to move forward economically. DCA's Licensing Center, which administers licensing and permits for the New York City Department of Health, is located at 42 Broadway, 5th floor. DCA's many online services include applying for and renewing licenses, paying fines, learning the laws and regulations, reviewing model contracts, guides and tips for businesses and consumers, FAQs and more. Visit DCA online at or call 311 to request a license application.
Food stores, restaurants, bakeries, food vendors, pet shops, bathing establishments, businesses with radiation equipment are among the many types of businesses that need licenses and / or permits from The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Applications and information are available at the Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Center, 42 Broadway, 5th Floor, Manhattan.
The mission of the Department of Business Services is to support the formation, growth, and expansion of the City's small businesses by providing business assistance, fostering neighborhood development, and promoting financial and economic opportunity through government procurement. The Department can help you resolve issues with city agencies, obtain permits and licensing, access financing and incentives, bid on government contracts, hire and train your workforce, and take advantage of the benefits of being in New York City. Additionally, the Department works with communities and organizations in all corners of the City to invigorate City neighborhoods and make them more business friendly. If you are outside of New York City, the Department can be reached at 212-NEW-YORK.
The Crime Prevention Section offers free security surveys for any business located in the five boroughs. The Section also offers free lectures on safety and security.
Provides triple tax-exempt financing for construction of and major capital improvements to commercial and retail facilities within Lower Manhattan and New York City. This is a cooperative program of the City and the State of New York. In allocating New York Liberty Bonds, the State and the City are seeking projects that will contribute significantly to the City

The New York State Business Wizard — formerly New York State Online Permit Assistance and licensing [OPAL] - is a comprehensive website identifying and detailing how to obtain the business licenses New York requires for opening and expanding your business. The Business Wizard houses a comprehensive database of New York State Permits and Licensing information. Customers can apply online for the different permits and/or licenses, pay required fees by credit card, and view the satus of their application online. For Inquiries Please call our call center at (518) 453-8130 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. exception of state observed holidays.

The Department of Labor Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions offices provide convenient "one-stop shopping" for employment-related needs. They offer many DOL programs in a single location

The primary mission of the New York State Department of Public Service is to ensure affordable, safe, secure, and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water services for New York State's residential and business consumers, while protecting the natural enviromnet. The Department also seeks to stimulate effective competitive markets that benefit New York consumers through strategic investments, as well as product and service innovations.

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