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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 Pratt Center's NYIRN project provides business development services to NYC manufacturers, including: real estate and incentive program referrals, marketing assistance, sourcing services, educational programming energy efficiency grants and more. The Pratt Center works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers by empowering manuafacturing stakeholdes through open and inclusive decision-making that brings together labor, community, business and government to address economic policy issues, develop programs, and deliver services.
Loans $20,000 to $500,000 are available to small businesses and women and minority-owned businesses that have transportation-related contracts with New York State Department of Transportation. Loans are made for short-term working capital for labor and materials, and funds are payable monthly, as cash flow dictates. Eligible borrowers are businesses that have been awarded contracts, but have not yet begun work and those who have begun work not more than 30 days prior to the loan closing.
TruFund Financial Services provides financing to small businesses and nonprofits with more than one year in operation. It also offers an affordable source of working capital for organizations seeking to expand or re-locate. TruFund provides lending and educational opportunities for small businesses and nonprofits. New Market Tax Credits are also available for eligible businesses.
Under this program businesses in the Jamaica area (zip code beginning with 114...) with sales that do not exceed $10 million are eligible for loans ranging from $10,000 to $300,000 for working capital, equipment, real estate, or purchase of an existing business. The business must have fixed assets as collateral. Telephone: 718-291-0282 ext. 144
The U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce is a federal government agency dedicated to helping small-to-medium sized New York City manufacturing and service companies develop international markets. Our experienced staff of International Trade Specialists will help you: identify and evaluate international partners; develop market entry strategies; overcome exporting challenges; and navigate other export-related issues. The U.S. Export Assistance Centers located in New York City are part of an international network of 1700 international trade specialists throughout the world. With 165 offices in 82 countries, we are uniquely positioned to help your company expand your international business. By contacting us today, you can gain access to 95% of the world's consumers who live outside of the United States. To contact us, go to: www.export.gov/newyork
VLA provides pro bono legal services, mediation, educational programs and advocacy to the arts community. VLA offers a variety services to the arts community including: pro bono representation; mediation; the Art Law Line, a free legal hotline for artists; the VLA Legal Clinic for members; and an ongoing series of workshops and seminars . Contact VLA or visit their web site for more detailed information about their services.
Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation is a local development corporation that offers business development counseling, technical assistance and referral services through its Entrepreneurial Assistance Center, as well as loans through its BO$$ program (separately described). Services provided in Spanish and English.
The Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's premier third party certification organization for women owned businesses. The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Our programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide certification services. WPEO provides full service third party certification to women entrepreneurs in the New York, Northern New Jersey (including Princeton and points North), Southern Connecticut and the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia areas. WPEO is incorporated in the state of New york and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information see the website at www.wpeo.us or call (212) 688-4114.