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The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce [CACCI] is a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic development among Caribbean-American / African-American, and other minority entrepreneurs. CACCI provides business development seminars, technical assistance, referrals, and training programs in how to start, operate, and manage a business. CACCI's Comprehensive Business Resource Center [separately listed and described] provides a variety of business services and programs. CACCI's international programs include trade missions and trade expositions to the Caribbean region, and international roundtable forums.

The Caribbean Trade Center's mission is to develop, promote and sustain trade and investment between New York, the United States, the Caribbean Region and the international community. Services include: Trade missions to the Caribbean Region and other international venues, meeting with key government and business leaders; Acting as a Clearing House for Trade and Investment Opportunities; Business-to-business interface via electronic membership database; Promotion of global e-commerce opportunities via CTC website; and Participation in specialty trade exhibitions, conferences and cultural programs in partnership with Caribbean trade promotion organizations. Convene meetings for Caribbean business executives and government officials visiting the New York region

The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition [CALDC] works with approximately 1000 retailers and merchants on Steinway Street, Broadway, 30th Avenue, and 36th Avenue. Each of these groups has an active merchants' association and CALDC acts as an umbrella organization to provide technical assistance to each group.

The Community Action Center is the constituent service arm of the Comptroller's office. It is the main point of contact for the office and the principal liaison to the public, mayoral agencies, federal, state, and local authorities.

Since its inception in 1990, the Community action Center provides information and advocacy to New Yorkers that facilitated resolutions to complaints about inadequate or lack of municipal service - from potholes to sanitation pick-ups, water and sewer charges disputes, pension payments, parking tickets and more.

The Community Action Center helps to increase responsiveness and resolve problems that impact the quality of life individuals, families and neighborhoods in the City. New Yorkers seeking assistance navigating City government can tap the resources of the Community Action Center team, who know how to maneuver through bureaucracy quickly and effectively.

CPSBPD provides on-site training and on-campus training to businesses and corporations on a contractual basis. Rates are less expensive than commercial firms.

Established in 1995, CREDIT Inc., a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), offers three major services to small businesses in the South Bronx: 1) Loans that range from $100 to $15,000 from an in-house fund; 2) Loan packaging services for businesses that require loans greater than $15,000; and 3) Technical assistance. CREDIT Inc. helps businesses develop business plans, offers marketing assistance, prepares and analyzes cash flow projections, and assists with strategic planning. CREDIT Inc. also partners with other SoBRO programs to provide financial services and financial literacy seminars to individuals and businesses.

Cypress Hills LDC provides technical assistance to small businesses along Fulton St., Liberty Avenue, and Glenmore Avenue commercial strips from the Queens border to Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development performs three major functions: encourage and assist state agencies that are engaged in contracting activities to award a fair share of state contracts to MWBEs; review applications by businesses seeking certification as an MWBE and maintain a directory of certified MWBEs; and promote the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to agencies and MWBEs.

The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) is a comprehensive hands-on business training course targeted to new and existing business owners and is specifically designed to minimize the risk and maximizing the potential success of starting or expanding a business. 

Among the topics covered: writing a compelling business plan; conducting industry and market research; how to legally structure your business; and how to structure financial statements.  The EAP Center provides a range of resources and services. Visit the EAP website for more detailed information.

The EAP Center provides a wide range of resources and services. Visit the EAP website for more detailed information.

The East Brooklyn Business Improvement District (EBBID) is a 40-block area in East New York, Brooklyn that is bordered by Powell Street to the West, Atlantic Avenue to the North, Pennsylvania Avenue to the East, and Sutter Avenue to the South.

The objectives of the EBBID are to enhance the business environment of the 40 block area and bolster local economic activity. The EBBID is constantly striving to make the area a safe, attractive, and vibrant place in which to live and do business.



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