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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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NYCIC provides long-term capital to select growing businesses in New York with annual sales up to $20 million. Funding ranges from direct equity investments to near-equity and debt, in amounts of $250,000 to $1 million. Companies should have an operating history and submit a business plan for initial review. Minority- and women-owned firms and companies located in low or moderate-income are especially encouraged to apply.
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 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.

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:

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 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.

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.