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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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Renaissance Economic Development Corporation [REDC] provides direct financing and technical assistance services to all the boroughs of New York City, with an emphasis in Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Flushing, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and other low-income immigrant neighborhoods in New York City. REDC offers Small Business Loans ranging from $5,000-$100,000. REDC focuses on small and start-up businesses owned by immigrants, minorities or women; that demonstrate significant potential to create jobs for lower-income individuals or minorities; or that lack access to conventional sources of capital. REDC also offers a program where volunteering professionals offer free legal assistance and financial counseling to clients. Contact REDC or visit their website for additional information about their programs and services.

The REDC Small Business Loan Fund is a financing program available to small businesses or entrepreneurs whose businesses are located within New York's 5 boroughs. Loans available to businesses that may need additional funding, to start a new enterprise or grow an existing one. Loans of up to $100,000 can be used for working capital, the purchase of inventory, equipment or used for renovations. No repayment penalties. REDC's experienced staff will work closely with you to provide contribution for loans less than $35,000. 1% of approved loan amount for loans over $35,000. Terms of up to 7years. REDC recently launched the Post Sandy Recovery Loan which provides working capital to assist small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy in the 5 boroughs for continuing recovery. Please contact REDC for further information.

The Restoration Capital Fund offers a wide spectrum of financing for start ups and established businesses regardless of your credit history. Terms and eligibility requirements include: 12.25% fixed income rate; Terms up to 5 years; Businesses must be located in Brooklyn; Applicant must be a member of the Credit Union during the life of the loan; Collateral required; Applicants must have equity equal to 10% of the project's cost; and $100 application fee; 2% administration fee at the time of loan closing.

Partnerships and individuals/sole proprietorships doing business under a name other than their own need a Doing Business As (DBA) Business Certificate. File a Business Certificate form with the Count Clerk's Office in the borough where your business is located.

The RITE Center is a free job training and placement program for job seekers and employers alike. In addition to providing hard skill vocational training programs for job seekers, the RITE Center is a viable resource for small business owners. The RITE Center seeks to forge partnerships, to find employmen that works for the individual, and to ensure the right candidate for the employer. The RITE Center works closely with job seekers to make only the strongest referrals to employers and to small business owners.

The Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation is a 501(c)(3) corporation that provides professional business advisory services through a collaboration with the New York state Economic Development Corporation. Established in 2013, the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation Small Business Development Center is able to assist business clients with access to capital to: start-up a business; business acquisitions; 504 real estate loans; franchises; purchase inventory, machinery, equipment, furniture or fixtures; construction loans; and refinancing existing debt. We also provide business management consulting services for existing and start-up businesses for: business acquisitions and sales: financial analysis; loan packaging; and business planning.

Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation is the administrator of the NYS Empire Zone Program for the Rockaway peninsula. The Empire Zone Program enables RDRC to offer qualified businesses a package of economic incentives and utility discounts that support the local community

SIBL uses advanced technology to provide businesses with up-to-date information. Visitors to the Library can use its computers to access online business databases and the internet. Wired and wireless internet access is available. SIBL's Electronic Information Center offers hands-on, instructional classes on using the Library's licensed databases. SIBL maintains a full schedule of evening seminars and workshops on business topics. SIBL also sponsors an annual Business Plan Competition. Information about this competition is available at SIBL's Small Business home page. SIBL houses a SCORE office whose experienced business executives offer free advice on how to start and run a small business. Call 212-592-7033 to make an appointment. Note: There are other SCORE offices throughout the City. Search the Services Locator for additional locations in the 5 boroughs.

SCORE offers free individual counseling by experienced retired and active executives on all aspects of starting and running a small business. In addition, seminars and workshops are offered regularly on a variety of topics including How To Start A Business,International Trade, Business Plans, and How To Get Financing. The Bronx office is open Thursdays ONLY, 10:AM - 4:00PM. Note: Check hours for SCORE offices in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx under their separate listings.

SCORE offers free individual counseling by experienced retired and active executives on all aspects of starting and running a small business. In addition, seminars and workshops are offered regularly on a variety of topics including How To Start A Business,International Trade, Business Plans, and How To Get Financing. The Brooklyn office is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Call for specific hours. Note: Check hours for SCORE offices in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx under their separate listings.

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