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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 Entrepreneur Assistance Program combines intensive 15 week classroom training and one-to-one consultation that helps participants complete an effective business plan. Students learn to identify markets and customers and identify business cycles and production schedules. Marketing strategies, financial statements and projections, real estate and location issues, and insurance and licensing requirements are also covered. Program graduates may be eligible for business financing.
The Environmental Revolving Loan Fund [RLF] provides interest-free loans to Bronx businesses and building owners to encourage the use of energy efficient measures and new technology. The goal is to improve air quality throughout the Bronx. The RLF targets several areas of energy efficiency and new technology: green roof development; boiler retrofits; upgrades to electric forklifts; upgrade of trailer refrigerator units to duel-fuel capacity; and development of new environmental technology.
The Excelsior Jobs Program provides job creation and investment incentives to firms in such targeted industries as biotechnology, pharmaceutical, high-tech, clean-technology, green technology, financial services, agriculture and manufacturing. Firms in these industries that create and maintain new jobs or make significant financial investment are eligible to apply for up to four new tax credits. The Program encourages businesses to expand in and relocate to New York while maintaining strict accountability standards to guarantee that businesses deliver on job and investment commitments. Program costs are capped at $500 million annually to maintain fiscal affordability and ensure that New Yorkers realize a positive return on their investment.
The Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. [FAC] is a community organization in South Brooklyn that advances economic and social justice by building vibrant, diverse communities where residents have genuine opportunities to achieve their goals, as well as the power to shape the community's future. FAC is a nationally recognized non profit community development corporation formed in 1978 that works to transform the lives of over 5,000 low- and moderare-income New Yorkers annually so that we can all live and work with dignity and respect while making our community more equitable, sustainable, inclusive and just. To achieve its mission, Fifth avenue Committee develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities, organizes residents and workers, offers student-centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification. Through our collective efforts, Fifth avenue Committee seeks to promote a society that is inclusive, equitable, sustainable and just, while ensuring that everyone can live and work with dignity and respect.
The Market provides off-street business locations at affordable rates to former street vendors and micro-entrepreneurs with a strong social, cultural, and economic interest in the local community, who are developing and growing their businesses. The Market also offers a variety of business development services, including basic business classes and ongoing training in merchandising, finance, and technology. Today the Market houses 47 merchants and a seasonal farmers market.
The Center for Entrepreneurship at Fordham University launched the Fordham Foundry in partnership with Small Business Services of the City of New York. Located in a shared office space with NYC Business Solutions on Fordham Road, the Foundry is focused on creating and growing small businesses. The Foundry is an independent, mixed-use business incubator located off-campus that was developed specifically to assist promising entrepreneurs in launching new businesses by providing collaborative workspace, shared office equipment, confidential business consultation, a mentoring program, continuous business education and workshops, and access to funding for qualified early-stage businesses. Membership is available to those in the Fordham community: current students, alumni, faculty and staff from all departments and colleges. In order to qualify for membership, at least one team member must have a connection with Fordham.
General Assembly is an urban campus for entrepreneurs seeking to transform industry and culture through technology and design. They provide programming, space, and support services to foster collaborative practices and learning opportunities. General Assembly does this by creating a multi-faceted campus to serve the needs of high-potential entrepreneurs and advance the startup ecosystem in New York. This community Will not only have a place in which to collaborate, but also take advantage of a new kind of learning-by-doing. Through General Assembly's curriculum, entrepreneurs will receive a pragmatic and multi-disciplinary education at the intersection of design, technology, and entrepreneurship.