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Small Business Services Directory
Supported by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Business Resources and Investments Service Center (BRISC) offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified entrepreneurs in Upper Manhattan. $50,000 to $250,000 loan size; Competitive fixed rate; Maximum seven year maturity; and No job creation requirement.
BRISC technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops, seminars and access to a large
Program staff at CAMBA assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and expanding a small business. CAMBA Small Business Services (CSBS) promotes economic revitalization by providing services specially tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs in Brooklyn. CSBS offers FREE one-on-one counseling, entrepreneurial training and technical assistance, microloans, and linkages with other business development partners. Loans of up to $15,000 are available for working capital, equipment and leasehold improvements.
Program staff at CAMBA assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and expanding a small business. They are actively lending to small businesses as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and also offer FREE individualized entrepreneurial training, counseling, and referrals. CAMBA EDC makes microloans to start-up and existing small businesses in Brooklyn. The program prioritizes the following zip codes: 11203, 11216, 11230, 11210, 11218, 11233, 11212, 11225, 11238, 11213, and 11226. Small business startups and existing entrepreneurs with limited access to credit located in Brooklyn are invited to apply. CAMBA EDC conducts monthly Loan Information Sessions to assist entrepreneurs in the application process with any question they may have. Since 1999, CEDC has approved more than $600,000 in loans which have created jobs and new investments. Business viability is as more important than credit history. Processing time for the microloan application is generally 6 to 8 weeks.
The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce
[CACCI] is a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic development among Caribbean-American / African-American, and other minority entrepreneurs. CACCI provides business development seminars, technical assistance, referrals, and training programs in how to start, operate, and manage a business. CACCI's Comprehensive Business Resource Center [separately listed and described] provides a variety of business services and programs. CACCI's international programs include trade missions and trade expositions to the Caribbean region, and international roundtable forums.
The Caribbean Trade Center's mission is to develop, promote and sustain trade and investment between New York, the United States, the Caribbean Region and the international community. Services include: Trade missions to the Caribbean Region and other international venues, meeting with key government and business leaders; Acting as a Clearing House for Trade and Investment Opportunities; Business-to-business interface via electronic membership database; Promotion of global e-commerce opportunities via CTC website; and Participation in specialty trade exhibitions, conferences and cultural programs in partnership with Caribbean trade promotion organizations.
Convene meetings for Caribbean business executives and government officials visiting the New York region
The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition [CALDC] works with approximately 1000 retailers and merchants on Steinway Street, Broadway, 30th Avenue, and 36th Avenue. Each of these groups has an active merchants' association and CALDC acts as an umbrella organization to provide technical assistance to each group.
The Community Action Center is the constituent service arm of the Comptroller's office. It is the main point of contact for the office and the principal liaison to the public, mayoral agencies, federal, state, and local authorities.
Since its inception in 1990, the Community action Center provides information and advocacy to New Yorkers that facilitated resolutions to complaints about inadequate or lack of municipal service - from potholes to sanitation pick-ups, water and sewer charges disputes, pension payments, parking tickets and more.
The Community Action Center helps to increase responsiveness and resolve problems that impact the quality of life individuals, families and neighborhoods in the City. New Yorkers seeking assistance navigating City government can tap the resources of the Community Action Center team, who know how to maneuver through bureaucracy quickly and effectively.
CPSBPD provides on-site training and on-campus training to businesses and corporations on a contractual basis. Rates are less expensive than commercial firms.
Through this program owners or developers of manufacturing facilities may finance the acquisition of buildings and equipment, renovation and construction.