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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 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

This office- serving the five boroughs - provides information on laws protecting employees, such as hours, wages, overtime, etc.. The Division office serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties is located at 400 Oak Street, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11530. Their telephone number is 516-794-8195; fax is 516-794-1046. The Division office serving Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Putnam Counties is located at 120 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605. Their telephone number is 914-997-9521; fax is 914-997-8780. Additional number 1-888-469-7365

You must obtain a NYS Sales Tax Certificate of Authority/Sales Tax ID Number if your business sells taxable goods or is engaged in resale. In most cases, this certificate must be posted in your place of business.

You must obtain a NYS Sales Tax Certificate of Authority/Sales Tax ID Number if your business sells taxable goods or is engaged in resale. In most cases, this certificate must be posted in your place of business. For other business-related tax questions, go to:

The State Liquor Authority issues licenses for beer and alcohol sales.The Authority's main office is located at 80 S. Swan St., Suite 900, Albany, NY 12210. The Harlem office serves the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. License and permit forms are available at the Department's website. If you have questions concerning how to obtain a license or permit, please call (518) 474-3114 and select option 1 or send an email to:

The mission of the New York State Department of Public Service is to ensure safe, secure, and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water services for New York State's residential and business consumers, at just and reasonable rates. The Commission seeks to stimulate innovation, strategic infrastructure investment, consumer awareness, competitive markets where feasible, and the use of resources in an efficient and environmentally sound manner.