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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.
For those needing more intensive one-on-one support, Restoration provides private counseling through our Financial Empowerment Center where we have been helping thousands of Central Brooklyn manage credit, reduce debt and access critical banking services since 2009. The Financial Empowerment Center is open Mondays through Fridays, 10am to 6pm, Tuesdays, 10am to 8pm, and Saturdays 10am to 2pm. Services are offered in English and Spanish. There are no income limitations and conversations with our counselors are entirely free and confidential. Headquartered at Restoration Plaza, the Financial Empowerment Center also operates mobile sites in Brownsville, downtown Brooklyn, Cypress Hills and Bushwick.
The Market provides off-street business locations at affordable rates to former street vendors and micro-entrepreneurs with a strong social, cultural, and economic interest in the local community, who are developing and growing their businesses. The Market also offers a variety of business development services, including basic business classes and ongoing training in merchandising, finance, and technology. Today the Market houses 47 merchants and a seasonal farmers market.
General Assembly is an urban campus for entrepreneurs seeking to transform industry and culture through technology and design. They provide programming, space, and support services to foster collaborative practices and learning opportunities. General Assembly does this by creating a multi-faceted campus to serve the needs of high-potential entrepreneurs and advance the startup ecosystem in New York. This community Will not only have a place in which to collaborate, but also take advantage of a new kind of learning-by-doing. Through General Assembly's curriculum, entrepreneurs will receive a pragmatic and multi-disciplinary education at the intersection of design, technology, and entrepreneurship.
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.
The Hebrew Free Loan Society provides interest-free loans to people struggling to help themselves. Their microenterprise loan programs are designed to help borrowers establish or expand a small business as a path to economic security. The loans target immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and the ultra-Orthodox community. The Hebrew Free Loan Society - with the support of UJA-Federation of New York – participates in the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® NewVenture™ Entrepreneurship Program for eligible Baby Boomers. The Society also offers immigrant retraining loans intended to help immigrants from the former Soviet Union re-enter the middle class by giving them money to pay for high-quality vocational or degree programs to retrain for professional jobs. Services are available in English, Russian and Hebrew.
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.