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Small Business Services Directory
ACCION USA provides loans and other support services to businesses throughout New York City's five boroughs, Long Island,Westchester and New Jersey. Loans of $500 - $50,000 are made to individuals or to groups of borrowers at every stage in their business, and can be used for equipment, merchandise, working capital, business expansion and more. All types of businesses are eligible for loans, including home-based ones. Service in Spanish is available.
The Division of Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) at Baruch College offers professional certificates, seminars, courses, and training in a variety of areas. Programs of interest to small businesses would include: accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, management, marketing, professional office skills, business communications, certified financial planning, personal development, finance and project management (PMI). Business related courses are held in the evening and vary in length from one day to several weeks. In addition, CAPS offers courses in English as a Second Language for academic, professional, and social purposes. The Academic Intensive English Program, which is I-20 eligible, provides 20 hours per week of instruction during the day. Business ESL and GMAT test preparation courses are also available during the daytime, evening, and Saturdays. Modern language courses for business, travel, and cultural purposes are given on week nights and Saturdays.
Bensonhurst Business Club [BBC] is a place where the small businesses of the Brooklyn Russian American Community can come to improve their business skills, raise their concerns, obtain advice and networking with other businessmen. The Club encourages inter-trading and provides numerous opportunities for individual members to promote their own business services and products. The Bensonhurst Business Club uses the experience, expertise and commitment of successful business people as mentors to support and navigate start up businesses. The BBC also collaborates with the HFLS (Hebrew Free Loan Society) in the operation of their joint Bensonhurst Business Institute (BBI) and microenterprise lending programs. Services are available in Russian and in Hebrew.
BO$$ is a microloan program that makes funds available to start-ups and existing businesses in northern Manhattan and the western Bronx with fewer than ten employees, and annual sales of less than $500,000. BO$$ focuses on helping micro-entrepreneurs with limited education, English language, and business expertise. BO$$ Micro Loans range from $400 to $50,000, with an interest rate currently at 9.0% annually. BO$$ also offers one-on-one business counseling, business plan review, and referrals. For more information about BO$$ programs and services, contact them at the above address and telephone number.
Women's Business Resource Center provides instrumental information, training, individual counseling and opportunities for women interested in starting or expanding their business. The center provides assistance and/or training in finance, management, marketing, procurement and the Internet as well as addressing specialized topics such as home-based businesses, corporate executive downsizing and welfare-to-work. The SBA's Bronx Women
The SBA's Bronx Women's Business Resource Center provides individualized, comprehensive guidance to small business owners and future entrepreneurs. The mission of the HPEDC/Women's Business Resource Center is to empower people by assisting them to become economically independent through self-employment. The services are offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. We seek to assist women and minorities who own or aspire to own a business in or around the Bronx, to gain the tools, resources, and confidence to succeed in their entrepreneurial ventures. WBRC offers one-on-one technical assistance, business workshops, access to capital, computer training, and long-term entrepreneurial training. WBRC is also part of the Business Outreach Center Network with offices in all 5 boroughs and Newark, NJ, and is one of the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program Center (EAP) in New York State. Sponsored by the Empire State Development Corporation, the EAP consists of 60 hours of intensive entrepreneurship training and over 15 hours of hands-on counseling. The WBRC is sponsored in part by SBA, Empire State Development, BOC Network and HPEDC. SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
The Brooklyn (Kings County) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (BHCC) main focuses are (but not limited to): their Business Incubator Program, which assists aspiring entrepreneurs in getting started by providing extensive and thorough education to those who wish to become small business owners; processing loans as Technical Assistance Providers for the US Small Business Administration (SBA); assisting with Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) certification as an affiliate for the NYC Department of Small Business Services and hosting Educational/Networking seminars for new/ existing business owners. Services are available in English and in Spanish.
Affiliated with the Business Outreach Center [BOC] Network, and sponsored by the Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation, the Upper Manhattan Business Outreach Center [BOC] offers a variety of services to small business owners and to entrepreneurs. These services include one-on-one business counseling, business legal services, marketing, loan programs, business training and technical assistance referral, and business plan / financial statement review. For a complete list of programs and services, call the Center or visit their websites (www.bocnet.org/ or www.whidc.org).
The BOC Network, with offices throughout the City, offers free counseling and referrals. After an initial intake and analysis of a prospective or ongoing 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 warning of problems, particularly in utilizing loans. Call for more information on our Individual Development Account Grant Program(Free). Services are available in Chinese and English. Call for appointment. MWBE Services available. Note: Other BOCs are located in Boro Park, Harlem, Hunts Point, Jackson Heights, and Staten Island. Check listings in other boroughs.
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. In Queens services are available in English and in Spanish. Other BOCs are located in Chinatown, Newark, Washington Heights,Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Check listings in other boroughs or call the BOC main office at 718-624-9115.