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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.
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 BOC 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 specialized services, programs and financing sources offered by other organizations. BOC counselors also provide essential follow-up, looking for early warnings of problems, particularly in utilizing loans. The South Brooklyn BOC also offers grants for low-income entrepreneurs. Languages spoken include English, Russian, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Note: Other BOCS are located in North Brooklyn, Chinatown, Harlem, Hunts Point, Queens, and Staten Island. Check listings in other boroughs or call the main office at 718-624-9115.
The Local Development Corporation of East New York [LDCENY] serves industrial and commercial businesses in the East New York and Brownsville communities. It manages the East Brooklyn Industrial Business Improvement District. Other programs under its management are the the New York State Empire Zones Program, which offers financial incentives to encourage businesses to invest, expand and create more jobs in the EZ, and the Women's Business Center. Services are available in Spanish and English.
Start Small’s mission is to empower New York City’s most underserved individuals to start, maintain, and grow small businesses in order to accumulate assets, increase personal financial security, and contribute to the economy. Start Small provides access to a variety of resources for entrepreneurs and immigrants: small business financing, small business legal counseling, small business planning and operations, accounting and bookkeeping, tax, marketing and public relations, human resources, and government certification and contracting.
For 25 Years the Women's Initiative has been providing high-potential, low-income women with the training, funding and ongoing support to start their own businesses and become financially self sufficient. The Women’s Initiative expanded into New York City in 2012. Through an intensive 20 session program — in English or Spanish — women are enabled to start, or expand their business. Women assess their businesses and entrepreneurial readiness through the Initiative’s comprehensive business management and personal development training. Women's Initiative provides ongoing support — through SuccessLink graduates at all levels of business who are connected with influential women in business, seminars and coaching. Scholarships are available for very low-income women to ensure that no one is turned away for lack of financial resources. Women's Initiative administers a relationship based loan fund, with loans ranging from $2,500 to $50,000, and links women with asset building opportunities, including matched savings accounts called Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) where participants' have the potential to double their savings for capital investments.