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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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H.E.L.P. provides Harlem residents with the financial tools they need to improve their wealth by increasing their financial knowledge, achieving homeownership, and starting or expanding a business. The Entrepreneurship component enhances the understanding of entrepreneurs and small business owners in areas such as marketing, finance, and management. H.E.L.P. also provides resources for networking, for locating state and federal assistance, for legal resources, and for grant money. Additional telephone: HELP Program, 646-442-6545.

The Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC is a community revolving loan fund program designed to increase the availability of small business capital loans to enhance small business expansion and help increase jobs in small business enterprises based in the Harlem community. HEF offers three major services to small businesses in the Harlem and Bronx  communities: 1) Loans up to a maximum of $25,000, 2) Consulting Services and 3) Technical assistance. HEF helps businesses develop business plans, analyzes cash flow projections, and assists with strategic planning. HEF, also partners with other programs at Harlem Commonwealth Council, Financial Institutions and other Micro-lenders to provide financial services and financial literacy seminars to individuals and businesses. Telephone: (212) 749-0900 ext. 122.

The Harlem U. S. Export Assistance Center [USEAC]- serving Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens - is staffed with experienced, professional trade experts who can assist you in exporting your products/services by providing comprehensive counseling and advice, through timely and accurate intelligence regarding foreign markets, by identifying qualified international buyers and representatives, by advocating on your behalf, and by providing comprehensive solutions to whatever challenges that you may encounter.

The Hebrew Free Loan Society provides interest-free loans to people struggling to help themselves. Their microenterprise loan programs are designed to help borrowers establish or expand a small business as a path to economic security. The loans target immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and the ultra-Orthodox community. The Hebrew Free Loan Society - with the support of UJA-Federation of New York – participates in the Kauffman Foundation’s  FastTrac® NewVenture Entrepreneurship Program for eligible Baby Boomers. The Society also offers immigrant retraining loans intended to help immigrants from the former Soviet Union re-enter the middle class by giving them money to pay for high-quality vocational or degree programs to retrain for professional jobs. Services are available in English, Russian and Hebrew.

A wide range of technical assistance and advisory services are provided to New York State employers at no charge. The Department has other metro area offices: Harlem-917-493-7200; the Bronx-718-960-7901; Brooklyn-718-780-9201; Queens-718-321-6307 or 718-557-6735; and Staten Island-718-285-8388.

Since 1988, the Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation (HPEDC) has been under contract with the City of New York to manage the Hunts Point  Industrial Park Business Zone. The Hunts Point Industrial Business Zone is home to the largest food distribution center on the east coast. It includes more than 800 businesses and 25,000 employees. HPEDC monitors and coordinates municipal services for the Hunts Point industrial park in partnership with government. HPEDC offers the following services to businesses: area maintenance, ombudsman services, security, real estate assistance, financing, business expansion assistance, waste assessment, and employment services.

Workforce1 Career Centers are a one-stop shop for employers and jobseekers. Services to businesses may include human resources consulting, job-candidate screening and customized training for employees. For jobseekers services include resume and interview preparation, job-search coaching and access to educational and training opportunities. NYC Workforce1 Career Centers are located in all 5 boroughs see separate program listings for additional information.

The IBZ Department provides financial assistance in the form of loan packaging services to new and existing businesses that are seeking loans. They provide business owners with an understanding of bank lending practices; assist with filling out the loan application, help gather necessary documents; make sure the financial information on the application and documents makes sense; and help submit a complete package of information to potential funding sources.

The Industrial and Commercial Abatement Program [ICAP] provides abatements for real property taxes for varying periods up to 25 years. Eligible industrial and commercial buildings must be built, modernized, expanded, or otherwise physically improved.

SoBRO is contracted by the Mayor's Office to oversee and assist industrial/manufacturing businesses with any issue on an as needed basis free of charge. In partnership with NYC Business Solutions Center, NYC Department of Small Business Services SOBRO provides in the following areas- obtainable incentives, real estate opportunities, expansion planning and recruitment. Wholesalers, distributors, warehouses, manufacturers, construction  (electrician, restoration, etc), transportation and technology businesses are eligible for the IBZ Program.

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