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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 Greater Jamaica Development Corporation {GJDC] supports economic development in the community with a wide range of programs and services. It administers the South Jamaica Empire Zone and the Jamaica Industrial Business Zone [separately described]. GJDC plans public improvements, economic development projects and programs, and works to facilitate development with public and private partners. In addition, GJDC administers several community-based loan funds including the Economic Development Administration Sponsored Loan Fund and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Loan Fund. These loan programs are separately described.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is a non-profit organization founded 37 years ago by a group of people dedicated to ensuring the continued viability of Woodhaven commercial properties including Apartment Buildings and of the Woodhaven community. Today, this work is done in conjunction with the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, administering the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (founded by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation in 1993.) The Woodhaven Business Improvement District was the first recipient of the prestigious Barbara Wolf Award for Excellence from the New York City Department of Business Services in 2000.

The Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center [GMDC] is the premier nonprofit industrial developer in New York City. Since its inception in 1992, GMDC has rehabilitated six North Brooklyn Manufacturing buildings for occupancy by small manufacturing enterprises, artisans and artists. Currently GMDC owns and manages five of these properties, which together represent more than half a million square feet of space. These buildings are occupied by more than 100 businesses that together employ more than 500 people. GMDC, in addition to managing, maintaining, and improving its properties, actively looks for still more opportunites to uncover underutilized buildings. Crafting public/private financing, engaging staff in building design and reconstruction, and marketing newly renovated spaces to small businesses, manufacturers, and craftspeople. GMDC can influence how unused properties will be reinvented and push its mixed-use agenda. GMDC seeks to position itself as a national model that could be replicated. Keeping light manufacturing and artisans in American cities is paramount to the preservation of buoyant mixed-use communities.

Since its founding in 1980 the Harlem Business Alliance has been a force of advocacy for the development and empowerment of Harlem's small business community. HBA offers a free one-on-one counseling services to aspiring entrepreneurs maneuvering through the start-up phase as well as to established small business owners. Our hands-on technical assistance provides guidance in developing business and marketing plans; helping to connect clients with financing alternatives, and assisting with various aspects of starting and operating a successful business. Through cutting edge small business workshops and forums, HBA provides opportunities to enhance skills in such areas as business management, information technology and marketing strategy development. We also afford networking opportunities to participants for linking resources and sharing knowledge.

At the forefront of recognizing the need to provide deeper levels of support to local entrepreneurs, HBA built out the 1,700 square foot Creative Workspace where they could consult with subject matter experts and/or rent space in its co-working environment. Creative Workspace features state of the art technology and Verizon FiOS.

H.E.L.P. provides Harlem residents with the financial tools they need to improve their wealth by increasing their financial knowledge, achieving homeownership, and starting or expanding a business. The Entrepreneurship component enhances the understanding of entrepreneurs and small business owners in areas such as marketing, finance, and management. H.E.L.P. also provides resources for networking, for locating state and federal assistance, for legal resources, and for grant money. Additional telephone: HELP Program, 646-442-6545.

The Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC is a community revolving loan fund program designed to increase the availability of small business capital loans to enhance small business expansion and help increase jobs in small business enterprises based in the Harlem community. HEF offers three major services to small businesses in the Harlem and Bronx  communities: 1) Loans up to a maximum of $25,000, 2) Consulting Services and 3) Technical assistance. HEF helps businesses develop business plans, analyzes cash flow projections, and assists with strategic planning. HEF, also partners with other programs at Harlem Commonwealth Council, Financial Institutions and other Micro-lenders to provide financial services and financial literacy seminars to individuals and businesses. Telephone: (212) 749-0900 ext. 122.

The Harlem U. S. Export Assistance Center [USEAC]- serving Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens - is staffed with experienced, professional trade experts who can assist you in exporting your products/services by providing comprehensive counseling and advice, through timely and accurate intelligence regarding foreign markets, by identifying qualified international buyers and representatives, by advocating on your behalf, and by providing comprehensive solutions to whatever challenges that you may encounter.

Primarily serving the Jewish Community, the Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS) fosters economic self-sufficiency and economic security among New Yorkers in need through interest-free lending. HFLS offers a number of targeted loan programs for training and business purposes, and also runs entrepreneurship/small business training courses:

Loan Programs

  • Microenterprise Loans help borrowers in New City's ultra-Orthodox community establish or expand small businesses as a path to economic security.
  • Immigrant Retraining and Vocational Loans help immigrants from the former Soviet Union and re-enter the middle class by providing them with funds to pay for high-quality vocational or degree programs to retrain for professional jobs.
  • Orthodox Retraining and Vocational Loans offer borrowers in New York City's ultra-Orthodox community funds to attend high-quality vocational or degree courses to retrain for professional jobs.

​Training Programs

  • Basic Business Training courses provide ultra-Orthodox men and women with the skills required to successfully launch and run a small business.
  • Encore Entrepreneurs, a basic business training course using the Kauffman Foundation's fastTrac NewVentrue Entrepreneurship Program, is designed for former professionals and managers age 50+ who are unemployed or underemployed. Support for this program is provided by UJA-Federation of New York. 

​Services are available in English, Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Since 1988, the Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation (HPEDC) has been under contract with the City of New York to manage the Hunts Point  Industrial Park Business Zone. The Hunts Point Industrial Business Zone is home to the largest food distribution center on the east coast. It includes more than 800 businesses and 25,000 employees. HPEDC monitors and coordinates municipal services for the Hunts Point industrial park in partnership with government. HPEDC offers the following services to businesses: area maintenance, ombudsman services, security, real estate assistance, financing, business expansion assistance, waste assessment, and employment services.

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.



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