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Small Business Services Directory
The Jamaica Business Resource Center and Queens/Nassau Suffolk Minority Business Development Center are not-for-profit business consulting and technical assistance organizations. Their primary service areas is New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. A series of training sessions in the fundamentals of business management are also given by JBRC. Services provided include: 1) a Business Information Center with a small business library for business research and planning, and access to MBDA/SBA and other government programs; 2) Business Advisory Group - a staff of business professionals providing guidance and assistance with business plans, loan packages, and other areas of technical assistance; 3) access to banks, revolving loan funds, equity/mezzanine funding and other sources of capital for your business through One Stop Capital Shop; 4) Uniform Minority and Women Business Certification/8A Certification and Contract Procurement assistance for federal, state, local, and private sector contracts. 5) A newly established division in International Trade provides technical assistance to small businesses engaged in exporting; 6) Advice on NYC licenses, permits, and regulations is provided to clients by the New York City Department of Small Business Services.
LAGCC's Division of Adult Continuing Education offers a number of business-related courses, workshops, and programs to the general public through their Center for Corporate Education, the LaGuardia Small Business Development Center, the New York Designs/Incubator Program and the Workforce Education Center.
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.
The Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Program [M/WBE] is designed to ensure the equitable participation of bona fide minority and woman-owned businesses in the New York City procurement process. The M/BWE Program affords certified M/WBE's the opportunity to receive a share of the total dollars spent annually by the City in the procurement of goods, services, and construction. All certified firms will be listed in the City's official Directory of Certified Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises. Firms must be certified and be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a minority and/or a woman, operating for one year, and located in New York City and participating surrounding counties. Firms must also be located in New York City or have a significant tie to New York City's business community.
Additional contact: TTY 212-618-6306
The Minority and Women Revolving Loan Program is a program designed to financially assist small business owners who operate or own businesses in
Crown Heights, or Central Brooklyn. Funded by the New York Empire State Development Corporation, services are available to minority and women
business owners who have existing businesses or are starting new businesses. Loans are available from $2,000 up to $50,000 at an affordable interest rate with reasonable terms.
The Minority and Women Revolving Loan Trust Fund Program makes low-cost financial assistance available to minority and women-owned businesses ["M/WBEs"] that are unable to access traditional financial services. Working capital loans of up to $35,000 and fixed asset loans of up to $50,000 are available. BSRC also provides related technical assistance services to M/WBEs to help these businesses survive and grow. These services include: assistance with completion of loan applications, business plan development, mentorship and peer group programs, and credit union services [where available].
This loan program is open to minority and women-owned businesses with sales not exceeding $10 million and located in Southeast Queens. Loans range from $10,000. to $50,000. for working capital and $10,000. to $50,000. for fixed assets. There is a $100 application fee, 1% commitment fee, and closing costs.
The National Association of Women Business Owners of New York City (NAWBO-NYC)
NMBC is a networking and referral organization for small women- and minority-owned businesses. It is dedicated to providing business assistance, educational opportunities, seminars, purchasing exchanges, mentoring, business listings, and related services to businesses throughout the tri-sate area and across the nation. Members are listed in a directory that is sent to corporate and government purchasing agents. NMBC also offers general technical assistance and networking events to its members. Annual membership is $375. NMBC is currently offering on a quarterly basis an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp specifically designed for individuals transitioning from employee to entrepreneur and for new entrepreneurs who have been in business less than two (2) years. For further information on the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp and to fill an Application Form for participation, please visit the NMBC Web site: www.nmbc.org.
NYC Business Solutions is a set of free services offered by the Department of Small Business Services to help businesses start, operate and expand in New York City. Whether you're an entrepreneur, running a small business or a large corporation, NYC Business Solutions can work for you -- for free.
Our team has the experience and resources to address many of the challenges you face and objectives you aspire to reach. Our purpose is your success - whether you need financing assistance, legal advice, ways to score new business opportunities with the government, recruiting assistance, or help with permits and licenses.