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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 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 enable businesses, nonprofits or developers to proceed with their business or real estate projects. It also offers an affordable source of working capital for organizations seeking to expand, re-locate, or restructure. TruFund provides lending opportunities for small businesses, nonprofits, and real estate. New Market Tax Credits are also available for eligible businesses. TruFund is a partner of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative.

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.

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

Since beginning operations in 1996, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZDC) has helped to revitalize economic life in neighborhoods North of 96th Street including Harlem, East Harlem, and Washington Heights/Inwood. UMEZ
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.

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 RITE Career Center provides personal and small business financial literacy through a combination of group trainings and one-on-one counseling. Restoration partners with leaders in the financial sector to present the Wealth Building Tuesday

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