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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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The Entrepreneurial Development Program (EDP), provides training, technical assistance and business development resources to start-up and existing businesses. The goal is to assist budding entrepreneurs to establish businesses; assist small business owners to retain their business. The program provides classroom training in basic business and entrepreneurship principles as well as individual technical, financial and management assistance.

SoBRO is a not-for-profit organization offering services designed to: Provide education, work readiness and employment programs for adults; Provide existing and newly established businesses with technical assistance, programs and services designed to enhance their ability to compete in the marketplace; and Engage in pro-active community assessment, planning and advocacy in order to strengthen the local economic environment. Additional telephone: 718-732-7531

South Brooklyn LDC serves retail businesses located on Smith Street and industrial and commercial businesses in the Gowanus and Red Hook communities. It offers assistance dealing with government agencies, real estate referrals, school to work transition, job placement and welfare to work programs.

The South Jamaica Empire Zone offers a wide array of incentives including tax credits and utility discounts. The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation also partners with New York City's Business Solutions to provide services to industrial companies in southeast Queens. Telephone 718-291-0282 ext. 141

The Southwest Brooklyn Empire Zone (EZ) covers the Sunset Park industrial area, Red Hook and the Gowanus waterfront. In addition to EZ tax credits and other standard benefits, the EZ offers free technical assistance, referrals, an employment service, and an ombudsman program to connect businesses with government agencies and services.

Business and job development in the Sunset Park, Red Hook and Gowanus communities of Brooklyn (SW Brooklyn) through: providing technical assistance in accessing government incentive programs and financing; locating suitable real estate; solving quality of life, service and infrastructure issues; advocating for policies that support business growth and identifying procurement opportunities.

Independent, local level small and high-risk minority and/or women-owned businesses are eligible to apply for small, low cost loans via the Springboard Mini-Loan Fund. The loans are available for small businesses located in Community Boards 1,2,3,4,7,8,11 or 12 and can be applied for at the BOEDC office. Start-up and existing minority and women-owned businesses are eligible. Loans can be used for working capital, acquisition of machinery and equipment, revolving lines of credit, seasonal inventory and accounts receivable. For additional information contact Rome Birkett.

The St. Nicholas Alliance Brooklyn Business Center Has business counselors who help you by providing mentoring, direction, and links to resources and funding. You can schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with our small business professionals; participate in the Business Plan Boot Camp, a 20-class intensive for entrepreneurs and small business owners that targets is focused start-ups and businesses under 5 years old; and participate in webinars that are specifially designed for entrepreneurs or small business owners in North Brooklyn and the five boroughs.
St. Nicks Alliance/Workforce Development is a rapidly growing workforce development arm of St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation. St. Nicks Alliance aims to help long-term public assistance recipients land that first job, enable those with some work experience to obtain high demand skills and secure high-wage jobs, and give other neighborhood residents the opportunity to obtain a career through evening programs. Call 718-302-2057, ext 210 for more information.

Start Small’s mission is to empower New York City’s most underserved individuals to start, maintain, and grow small businesses in order to accumulate assets, increase personal financial security, and contribute to the economy. Start Small provides access to a variety of resources for entrepreneurs and immigrants: small business financing, small business legal counseling, small business planning and operations, accounting and bookkeeping, tax, marketing and public relations, human resources, and government certification and contracting.



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