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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 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.
The Women's Business Center is funded by the SBA and gives female entrepreneurs one-on-one business coaching. The WBEC provides intensive and free one-on-one business and marketing coaching services. It also provides a 60-hour Business Development training, and business and finance workshops.
The Women's Venture Fund is a non-profit organization that helps women of diverse backgrounds establish thriving businesses in urban communities. Women's Venture Fund offers training, small business loans, and a network of business advisors to help women reach their business goals. By troubleshooting specific challenges and encouraging women to share their experience with other entrepreneurs, WVF is able to expedite the growth of businesses partcipating in our programs. Websites: www.womensventurefund.org