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The Harlem Business Alliance has developed cohesive public/private partnerships to assist existing and emerging businesses, community residents, and youth.The organization serves as an advocate for the preservation and retention of Harlem's business community. HBA sponsors a number of programs and events. Among them: the 125th St. Pilot Retail Incentive Program, the HBA Business Plan Competition, a free Legal Advice Program, and the HBA Merchant Loan Program. One-to-One business counseling services are also available.

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 Community: 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 IBZ Department provides financial assistance in the form of loan packaging services to new and existing businesses that are seeking loans. They provide business owners with an understanding of bank lending practices; assist with filling out the loan application, help gather necessary documents; make sure the financial information on the application and documents makes sense; and help submit a complete package of information to potential funding sources.

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 Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a non-profit member organization, which serves as a primary resource and help for small and mid-size firms doing business in Manhattan. The MCC represents the voice of over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partners with over 300 diverse business organizations. The Chamber supports the business community through advocating for positive business legislation, hosting 3-4 monthly networking events and seminars, expanding marketing opportunities and international outreach. MCC’s mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan. MCC is also focused on providing opportunities for women and minority business ownersveterans and workforce development.

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].

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