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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.

The Entrepreneur Assistance Program combines intensive 15 week classroom training and one-to-one consultation that helps participants complete an effective business plan. Students learn to identify markets and customers and identify business cycles and production schedules. Marketing strategies, financial statements and projections, real estate and location issues, and insurance and licensing requirements are also covered. Program graduates may be eligible for business financing.

The Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. [FAC] is a community organization in South Brooklyn that advances economic and social justice by building vibrant, diverse communities where residents have genuine opportunities to achieve their goals, as well as the power to shape the community's future.

FAC is a nationally recognized non profit community development corporation formed in 1978 that works to transform the lives of over 5,000 low- and moderare-income New Yorkers annually so that we can all live and work with dignity and respect while making our community more equitable, sustainable, inclusive and just.

To achieve its mission, Fifth avenue Committee develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student-centered adult education and combats displacement caused by gentrification.

FirstSource Staffing -- FAC's social purpose business -- provides jobs for low-income indiciduals as they build their skills to prepare for higher  paying employment.

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 Hunts Point Chamber of Commerce works for the benefit of more than 700 industrial businesses in Hunts Point, the largest food distribution center in the United States. The GHPCC hosts business seminars and public events aimed at building connections between Hunts Point businesses, and between Hunts Point and other companies interested in doing business with Hunts Point.

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 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.

A wide range of technical assistance and advisory services are provided to New York State employers at no charge. The Department has other metro area offices: Harlem-917-493-7200; the Bronx-718-960-7901; Brooklyn-718-780-9201; Queens-718-321-6307 or 718-557-6735; and Staten Island-718-285-8388.

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 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.

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