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Small Business Services Directory
This program is designed to increase the number of qualified small firms receiving construction and construction-related contracts from the City. Construction firms are required to utilize Locally-Based Enterprise [LBE] companies when they are awarded City prime contracts and will be using sub-contractors. Small construction and construction-related firms are eligible for certification if their average gross receipts do not exceed $2 million. Participating firms are entitled to preference in sub-contracting with general contractors doing business on City projects and are guaranteed 30-day quick payment on City projects. A directory of LBE firms is made available to contracting agencies and to prime contractors. Call 212-618-8782 for applications for certification.
The LICBDC serves as a conduit to an array of business services, grants and incentives. They work closely with the NYC Business Solutions Centers, the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation, and other City and State agencies. The LIC is one of New York City
The Long Island City Business Development Corporation manages the Long Island City Industrial Business Zone, one of sixteen manufacturing zones in the City. The Zones offer industrial firms free, quick and reliable answers to a broad range of business questions including accessing appropriate financial and business assistance programs, navigating and complying with regulatory requirements, developing workforces and ensuring the neighborhood is well maintained.
The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not for profit financial institution dedicated to meeting the financial services and credit needs of local residents, businesses and community organizations. LES serves a range of communities including individuals who live, work, volunteer, worship, or attend school in Manhattan Community Board 3 (Lower East Side) and Manhattan Community Board 10 (Central Harlem) and residents of New York’s five boroughs who have a household income less than $38,000 per year – see their website for a complete list. Services include small business loans; business and nonprofit bank accounts; business banking services; small business workshops; and technical assistance. LES also assists immigrants in obtaining IRS ITIN tax processing numbers. LES also has a Harlem branch on 125th Street. Services are available in Spanish and in English.
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.
Manufacturers of tangible personal property acquiring, developing, renovating or equipping facilities for their own use can access triple tax-exempt bond financing and real estate, mortgage and sales tax reductions.
Each semester Medgar Evers College offers a variety of courses and certificate programs in areas such as business and nonprofit, healthcare, legal studies, computer technology and new media, education, and professional development. Course fees range from $70 to $3,000.
The Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Program [M/WBE] is designed to ensure the equitable participation of bona fide minority and woman-owned businesses in the New York City procurement process. The M/BWE Program affords certified M/WBE's the opportunity to receive a share of the total dollars spent annually by the City in the procurement of goods, services, and construction. All certified firms will be listed in the City's official Directory of Certified Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises. Firms must be certified and be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a minority and/or a woman, operating for one year, and located in New York City and participating surrounding counties. Firms must also be located in New York City or have a significant tie to New York City's business community.
Additional contact: TTY 212-618-6306
This loan program is open to minority and women-owned businesses with sales not exceeding $10 million and located in Southeast Queens. Loans range from $10,000. to $50,000. for working capital and $10,000. to $35,000. for fixed assets. There is a $100 application fee, 1% commitment fee, and closing costs.
The National Association of Women Business Owners of New York City (NAWBO-NYC)