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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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A program of the West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation and a member of the Business Outreach Center network, with offices throughout the City, offers free counseling and referrals. After an initial intake and analysis of an ongoing or prospective business, counselors develop a needs assessment and work with clients to identify and take full advantage of appropriate specialized services, programs and financing sources. BOC counselors also provide essential follow-up and look for early warnings of problems, particularly in utilizing loans. Note: Other BOCs are located in Brooklyn, Chinatown, Upper Manhattan, and Corona Queens. Check listings in other boroughs or call the main office at 718-624-9115. Also offer free small business workshops and technology works for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Affiliated with the Business Outreach Center Network and sponsored by the West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation, the Staten Island BOC WBC offers a variety of services to small business owners and to entrepreneurs. These services include business plan development, access to financing, energy savings programs, procurement assistance, marketing, and technology workshops. For a complete list of services and programs, call the Center or visit their website.

The Childcare Business Development Project helps home-based childcare providers develop and enhance their businesses. Needed services and support in reaching economic self-sufficiency are available to childcare providers including: individualized start-up and operations assistance, practical business training, business and marketing planning, free legal assistance, free tax assistance, access to grants and loans and networking opportunities. BOC's 13 week training course is designed to help childcare providers establish successful, high-quality, childcare businesses.

The Business Outreach Center Network (BOC Network) offers free counseling and referrals on all issues involved in starting and growing a business. After an initial intake and analysis of an ongoing or prospective business, counselors develop a needs assessment and work with clients to identify and take advantage of appropriate specialized services, programs, and financing sources. There are BOCs throughout the city with multilingual services. Other BOCs are located in Chinatown, Newark, Queens, Washington Heights, and Staten Island, and Manhattan. Check listings in other boroughs or call the BOC main office at 718-624-9115.

The BOC Women's Business Center (WBC) offers business training, one-on-one counseling and financing resources to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. We offer the following services: One-on-One Counseling, Business start-up/expansion, Access to financing, Business-plan development, Workforce development assistance, Legal assistance, Market research/strategies, Import-export information and assistance, Licensing and permit information Product pricing, Procurement assistance and Minority certification. Call us to set up an appointment with a business counselor at 718-624-9115.

The City's Business Outreach Team provides business assistance services to all City businesses by deploying agents directly to business locations. Helps businesses resolve problems relating to delivery of government services and business-related issues. Also expanded to include the "Emergency Response Unit," which offers emergency assistance to businesses that are forced to interrupt their operations due to "unavoidable disasters."

Supported by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Business Resources and Investments Service Center (BRISC) offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified entrepreneurs in Upper Manhattan. $50,000 to $250,000 loan size; Competitive fixed rate; Maximum seven year maturity; and No job creation requirement. BRISC technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops, seminars and access to a large

The nearly 11,000-square-foot Bronx Business Incubator provides approximately 120 workstations—split between offices, desks, and co-working space for freelancers—targeted to startup businesses and entrepreneurs across industries including new media, technology, biomedicine, healthcare and professional services. Tenants are able to lease space on a month-to-month basis. Incubator services include access to conference rooms, networking events and workshops, individualized needs assessment and business counseling, small business loans through BOC Capital Corp. CDFI, and individualized technology and financing assistance. Tech-oriented workshops and networking events are also available for youth and local entrepreneurs from across the five boroughs.

Program staff at CAMBA assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and expanding a small business. CAMBA Small Business Services (CSBS) promotes economic revitalization by providing services specially tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs in Brooklyn. CSBS offers FREE one-on-one counseling, entrepreneurial training and technical assistance, microloans, and linkages with other business development partners. Loans of up to $15,000 are available for working capital, equipment and leasehold improvements.

Program staff at CAMBA assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and expanding a small business. They are actively lending to small businesses as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and also offer FREE individualized entrepreneurial training, counseling, and referrals. CAMBA EDC makes microloans to start-up and existing small businesses in Brooklyn. The program prioritizes the following zip codes: 11203, 11216, 11230, 11210, 11218, 11233, 11212, 11225, 11238, 11213, and 11226. Small business startups and existing entrepreneurs with limited access to credit located in Brooklyn are invited to apply. CAMBA EDC conducts monthly Loan Information Sessions to assist entrepreneurs in the application process with any question they may have. Since 1999, CEDC has approved more than $600,000 in loans which have created jobs and new investments. Business viability is as more important than credit history. Processing time for the microloan application is generally 6 to 8 weeks.



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