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Small Business Services Directory
The Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator is the first City-sponsored, privately operated incubator, created to bring entrepreneurs to the South Bronx. It offers world-class technology, security and a wide array of business services designed to nurture startups and give them the tools they need to succeed. These include; modular/flexible workspaces; mentoring and consulting services; high-speed internet wireless/ethernet access; and group meeting/conference rooms. Sunshine is a joint venture between the New York City Economic Development Corp., Sunshine Suites and Sunshine’s strategic partners from government, business and academic institutions. Sunshine Bronx’s operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed weekends and all national holidays. Hours are subject to change for special events and community needs. Two companion incubators – Sunshine Noho and Sunchine TriBeCa West – are located in Manhattan.
The Support Center offers consulting, transition management and training services designed to increase the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector. Visit the Center's website for more detail on their consulting and coaching services; executive transition management services; their training and professional development schedule of workshops and seminars; and their special services for Grantmakers.
The Pratt Center's NYIRN project provides business development services to NYC manufacturers, including: real estate and incentive program referrals, marketing assistance, sourcing services, educational programming energy efficiency grants and more. The Pratt Center works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers by empowering manuafacturing stakeholdes through open and inclusive decision-making that brings together labor, community, business and government to address economic policy issues, develop programs, and deliver services.
Loans $20,000 to $500,000 are available to small businesses and women and minority-owned businesses that have transportation-related contracts with New York State Department of Transportation. Loans are made for short-term working capital for labor and materials, and funds are payable monthly, as cash flow dictates. Eligible borrowers are businesses that have been awarded contracts, but have not yet begun work and those who have begun work not more than 30 days prior to the loan closing.
Under this program businesses in the Jamaica area (zip code beginning with 114...) with sales that do not exceed $10 million are eligible for loans ranging from $10,000 to $300,000 for working capital, equipment, real estate, or purchase of an existing business. The business must have fixed assets as collateral.
Since beginning operations in 1996, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZDC) has helped to revitalize economic life in neighborhoods North of 96th Street including Harlem, East Harlem, and Washington Heights/Inwood. UMEZ
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.
VLA provides pro bono legal services, mediation, educational programs and advocacy to the arts community. VLA offers a variety services to the arts community including: pro bono representation; mediation; the Art Law Line, a free legal hotline for artists; the VLA Legal Clinic for members; and an ongoing series of workshops and seminars . Contact VLA or visit their web site for more detailed information about their services.
Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation is a local development corporation that offers business development counseling, technical assistance and referral services through its Entrepreneurial Assistance Center, as well as loans through its BO$$ program (separately described). Services provided in Spanish and English.
The Women Presidents' Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation's premier third party certification organization for women owned businesses. The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Our programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide certification services. WPEO provides full service third party certification to women entrepreneurs in the New York, Northern New Jersey (including Princeton and points North), Southern Connecticut and the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia areas. WPEO is incorporated in the state of New york and is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information see the website at www.wpeo.us or call (212) 688-4114.