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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 $375. 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 provides free legal assistance to low income microentrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business or who have an existing business. Free legal assistance is offered relating to business structure - partnership, sole proprietorship, LLP; reviewing & negotiating commercial leases; protecting trademarks & copyrights; preparing sales & service contracts; employment law matters; reviewing loan documents; and obtaining required NYC, NY State and Federal licenses and registrations. If you are a microentrepreneur or a community-based organization, contact the Project for eligibility requirements.

The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) links certified minority suppliers with corporations through a database of these suppliers and events to showcase their products and services. It also offers seminars for minority-owned firms on marketing, management and other business issues and, for financing needs, refers them to the Business Consortium Fund. The initial certification rate is $200.00. The annual renewal, upon completion of certification, is $175.00. Application, payment of fee, and site visit are required prior to certification. Council-certified suppliers of the local Council are included in the National Minority Supplier Development Council Database.
NYBA is the leading advocate for advancing the success of the biotechnology industry in New York State and is its main representative to policy makers, the media and the communities in which we work. Our mission is to support the development and growth of New York
New York Building Congress [NYBC] is a private association that promotes a common agenda among the design, construction, and real estate industry of New York. New York's building community includes contractors, architects, engineers, unions, real estate managers, developers, and owners. NYBC focuses on economic and infrastructure investment, job creation, and professional exchange.

NYBDC and ESCDC offers both conventional as well as SBA-backed loans from $50,000 to $5,500,000 to small businesses located anywhere within the State. Loan proceeds can be used for partnership buy-outs, real estate acquisition, working capital, inventory, etc. The term of the loan is from 3 to 20 years and the interest is fixed or variable, depending on the circumstances. Three years of personal and business financials, two years of projections [three years of projections for a start-up], a solid business plan, and personal guarantees are required. The application fees range from $250 to $1,200 depending on the size of the loan.

A public-private loan guaranty program that enables banks and community development credit unions to make loans to small and medium-sized businesses that fall below the criteria for conventional bank loans. Loans may have a minimum amount of $250,000 and may be used for working capital, real estate acquisitions, machinery and equipment, and physical improvements to real estate. Additional phone numbers: 212-312-4216 or toll-free: 888-NYC-0100, or the EDC Operator: 212-619-5000

Contact the Department of Buildings [DOB] to learn about issues affecting your property. To look up your property's Certificate of Occupancy status, visit the DOB website listed above. At the website you can find information about Certificate of Occupancy requirements, how to remove violations, and when you need a permit and how to get one. Log on to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/faq.html for a direct link to Frequently Asked Questions or to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/pdf/infoviol.pdf for a direct link to Resolving Violations. The DOB may also be reached by dialing 311.
DCA enforces the Consumer Protection Law and other related business laws throughout New York City. Ensuring a fair and vibrant marketplace for consumers and businesses, DCA licenses moe than 71,000 businesses in 57 different industries. Through targeted outreach, partnerships with community and trade organizations, and informational materials, DCA educates consumers and businesses alike about their rights and responsibilities. DCA's Office of Financial Empowerment is the first municipal office of its kind in the nation with a mission to educate, empower and protect New Yorkers with low incomes. DCA's OFE administers to a citywide network of Financial Empowerment Centers and other products and services that help these New Yorkers make the best use of their financial resources to move forward economically. DCA's Licensing Center, which administers licensing and permits for the New York City Department of Health, is located at 42 Broadway, 5th floor. DCA's many online services include applying for and renewing licenses, paying fines, learning the laws and regulations, reviewing model contracts, guides and tips for businesses and consumers, FAQs and more. Visit DCA online at nyc.gov/consumers or call 311 to request a license application.
Food stores, restaurants, bakeries, food vendors, pet shops, bathing establishments, businesses with radiation equipment are among the many types of businesses that need licenses and / or permits from The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Applications and information are available at the Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Center, 42 Broadway, 5th Floor, Manhattan.

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