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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.
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
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: http://nystax.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nystax.cfg/php/enduser/std_alp.php?p_sid
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: Licensing.Information@sla.ny.gov.
New York's Business Permit Assistance Unit provides individualized, comprehensive assistance in identifying and obtaining the business licenses New York requires for opening and expanding your business. The OPAL website houses a comprehensive database of New York State permit information. OPAL allows users to access information on approximately 1200 business permits and identifies the permit requirements for over 400 different business models/types. Users can apply online for 50 different permits, pay required fees by credit card, and view the status of their application online.
The New York State Restaurant Association [NYSRA] is a non-for-profit trade association working to promote, represent and educate the food service industy of New York State. NYSRA acts an an industry liaison with regulatory agencies that govern the commercial food service industry. NYSRA also acts as the "legislative watchdog" and is the official voice of the food service industry.
This mission positions NYSRA to promote the hospitality profession, while serving and representing its members and their customers through advocacy, innovation, and education.