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The Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development performs three major functions: encourage and assist state agencies that are engaged in contracting activities to award a fair share of state contracts to MWBEs; review applications by businesses seeking certification as an MWBE and maintain a directory of certified MWBEs; and promote the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to agencies and MWBEs.

Energy Cost Savings Program (ECSP) is an energy discount program administered by the Department of Small Business Services (SBS). The program reduced energy costs for businesses that (a) relocate to, (b) make improvements to property in, or (c) lease space in, previously improved buildings in Manhattan above 96th Street or in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Staten Island.

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New Yorkers turn to FIT for practical know-how and support to build successful businesses and to upgrade the technical skills indispensable in today's business and design environments. For over two decades the Enterprise Center has served those at the intersection of art and commerce with credit and non-credit classes, certificate programs and special events.

Companies developing facilities on publicly-owned docks and wharves or developing solid waste recycling facilities can access triple tax-exempt bond financing. Reductions in mortgage recording and sales taxes may also be available. Private companies developing transportation or related facilities located on docks and wharves or solid waste recycling facilities are eligible to use triple tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction, renovation and equipping costs associated with these projects. Recycling companies may also be able to use triple tax-exempt bond financing for site acquisition.

GIDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the apparel industry.Over the past twenty years, GIDC has evolved into a multi-tiered service organization providing marketing, buyer referrals, and training and technical assistance to New York apparel manufacturers and workers. GIDC programs offering assistance to management and production personnel include:
* Matchmaking service linking brands, retailers and start-up designers with appropriate local factories
* Information and referrals regarding public and private incentive programs for local manufacturers
* Job referral and placement service
* On-site technical assistance with management and engineering issues such as quality control, health and safety, and organization of production
* Factory floor and classroom training for worker skills improvement (manual and computer) in both the product development and production phases

The Office of Government and General Contracting's mission is to help enhance the effectiveness of small business programs by working with Government Contracting and Business Development (GC/BD) program offices and others to develop policies, regulations, and statutory changes. GCBD helps small businesses achieve success by providing information and procurement assistance. It administers a number of programs that focus on specific business needs: SBIR/STTR Technology; Goaling; Tech-Net; and Sub-Net.

The Graphic Artists Guild is a national labor union that promotes and protects the economic interests of its members. The Guild publishes the popular title, Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines. The Guild may also be reached at 212-791-3400.

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation {GJDC] supports economic development in the community with a wide range of programs and services. It administers the South Jamaica Empire Zone and the Jamaica Industrial Business Zone [separately described]. GJDC plans public improvements, economic development projects and programs, and works to facilitate development with public and private partners. In addition, GJDC administers several community-based loan funds including the Economic Development Administration Sponsored Loan Fund and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Loan Fund. These loan programs are separately described.

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation is a non-profit organization founded 35 years ago by a group of people dedicated to ensuring the continued viability of Woodhaven commercial properties including Apartment Buildings and of the Woodhaven community. Today, this work is done in conjunction with the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, administering the Woodhaven Business Improvement District (founded by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation in 1993.) The Woodhaven Business Improvement District was the first recipient of the prestigious Barbara Wolf Award for Excellence from the New York City Department of Business Services in 2000.

The Harlem U. S. Export Assistance Center [USEAC]- serving Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens - is staffed with experienced, professional trade experts who can assist you in exporting your products/services by providing comprehensive counseling and advice, through timely and accurate intelligence regarding foreign markets, by identifying qualified international buyers and representatives, by advocating on your behalf, and by providing comprehensive solutions to whatever challenges that you may encounter.

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