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Small Business Services Directory
The Brooklyn Public Library Business Library has a reference collection of more than 100,000 volumes, a circulating collection of 30,000 books, internet access, electronic resources, 800 magazines and newspapers, and real estate data. The Business Library provides industry and demographic data, investment information, business directories and free electronic resources available remotely with library card, as well as access to the internet computers. It also houses the Small Business Information Center, which includes sample business plans, books on starting and advancing a business, and free counseling with SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. The Library regularly hosts educational programs and Wednesday morning tours at 10:15 AM. Call telephone reference at 718-623-7000 option 3 for information or to be added to the Library's mailing list for educational seminars.
The Brooklyn Chamber is a non-profit business assistance membership organization. It offers networking events, forums with government officials, educational workshops and services, and a health insurance plan for small businesses. Members can participate in the organization's activities by joining committees. Visit www.ibrooklyn.com for more information.
The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation [BEDC] is a 32 year old private, not-for-profit organization. As a multi-service agency working with government agencies, educational institutions, and the private sector, BEDC offers comprehensive business consulting and economic development services. BEDC offers technical assistance, financial assistance, location assistance, and entrepreneur training programs for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs.
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.
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.
The Business Information Center [BIC] provides the latest high-tech hardware, software, and telecommunications to help start-up and expanding businesses. The BIC offers a variety of counseling services and training opportunities. Access is available to a range of print and electronic resources [including the Internet]. The Center also offers workshops and seminars on small business topics, and access to a large
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.
Affiliated with the Business Outreach Center [BOC] Network and sponsored by the Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation, the Greater Newark Business Outreach Center [BOC] offers a variety of services to small business owners and to entrepreneurs. These services include business plan development, access to financing, marketing, import / export information, entrepreneurial training and licensing and permit information. For a complete list of Greater Newark's programs and services, call the Business Outreach Center or visit their website.
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.
A program of the West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation and a member of the Business Outreach Center 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 appropriate specialized services, programs and financing sources. BOC counselors also provide essential follow-up and look for early warnings of problems, particularly in utilizing loans. Note: Other BOCs are located in Brooklyn, Chinatown, Upper Manhattan, and Corona Queens. Check listings in other boroughs or call the main office at 718-624-9115. Also offers free computer/internet seminars & networking, 3rd Wednesday evenings (S.I. Web Group).