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Small Business Services Directory
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a non-profit member organization, which serves as a primary resource and help for small and mid-size firms doing business in Manhattan. The MCC represents the voice of over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partners with over 300 diverse business organizations. The Chamber supports the business community through advocating for positive business legislation, hosting 3-4 monthly networking events and seminars, expanding marketing opportunities and international outreach. MCC’s mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan. MCC is also focused on providing opportunities for women and minority business owners, veterans and workforce development.
Moore Street Market is one of Brooklyn’s oldest indoor markets serving East Williamsburg and the surrounding neighborhoods for close to 70 years. The 15,000 square foot Market in the Graham Avenue shopping district also offers events throughout the year such as seminars for small businesses. Moore Street Market provides a nurturing environment that facilitates small business growth, and the creation and retention of job opportunities. The Market is managed by the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation and leased from the NYC Economic Development Corporation. Visit the Market’s website for a Vendor application form. Only applicants from food and farm related merchants will be considered. Check out the Moore Street Market blog for updates.
The National Association of Women Business Owners of New York City (NAWBO-NYC)
NEXCO is an international trade association that sponsors monthly seminars and webinars that provide pertinent and timely information to importers, exporters, freight forwarders, bankers, attorneys, accountants, and any other professional engaged in global trade. NEXCO members have interests in insurance, international banking, freight forwarding, trade law, customs brokerage, trade software and e-commerce. They are large and small, American, foreign and multinational.
NMBC is a networking and referral organization for small women- and minority-owned businesses. It is dedicated to providing business assistance, educational opportunities, seminars, purchasing exchanges, mentoring, business listings, and related services to businesses throughout the tri-sate area and across the nation. Members are listed in a directory that is sent to corporate and government purchasing agents. NMBC also offers general technical assistance and networking events to its members. Annual membership is $385. NMBC is currently offering on a quarterly basis an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp specifically designed for individuals transitioning from employee to entrepreneur and for new entrepreneurs who have been in business less than two (2) years. For further information on the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp and to fill an Application Form for participation, please visit the NMBC Web site: www.nmbc.org.
The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) is a project of the City Bar Justice Center, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the New York City Bar Association. NELP provides free legal assistance to low and moderate incomes entrepreneurs who own or are starting up a small business in New York City. NELP utilizes volunteer attorneys, who staff legal clinics, give presentations, and take on pro bono cases, to provide assistance on issues such as: determining the best legal structure for a business, incorporating, drafting and reviewing contracts, negotiating commercial leases, and obtaining trademark and copyright protections. If you are a microentrepreneur in New York City and are looking for legal assistance as you start or look to grow your business, please contact NELP for more information.
The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council [The Council™] links certified minority suppliers with Council member (comprised of buying entities from corporations, government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations) through a database of these suppliers and networking events to showcase their products and services. It also offers seminars for minority-owned firms on various business topics and training for corporations on supplier diversity initiatives and promoting the business case for inclusion. The certification and annual re-certification (renewal) is on a sliding scale, from $225.00 - $1,000.00 based on gross revenues for initial certification and $225.00 - $725.00 annually for renewals. The Council is an affiliate of The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).
The Crime Prevention Section offers free security surveys for any business located in the five boroughs. The Section also offers free lectures on safety and security.
The mission of the New York State Department of Public Service is to ensure safe, secure, and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water services for New York State's residential and business consumers, at just and reasonable rates. The Commission seeks to stimulate innovation, strategic infrastructure investment, consumer awareness, competitive markets where feasible, and the use of resources in an efficient and environmentally sound manner.