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The mission of the Department of Business Services is to support the formation, growth, and expansion of the City's small businesses by providing business assistance, fostering neighborhood development, and promoting financial and economic opportunity through government procurement. The Department can help you resolve issues with city agencies, obtain permits and licensing, access financing and incentives, bid on government contracts, hire and train your workforce, and take advantage of the benefits of being in New York City. Additionally, the Department works with communities and organizations in all corners of the City to invigorate City neighborhoods and make them more business friendly. If you are outside of New York City, the Department can be reached at 212-NEW-YORK.
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.
This office- serving the five boroughs - provides information on laws protecting employees, such as hours, wages, overtime, etc.. The Division office serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties is located at 400 Oak Street, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11530. Their telephone number is 516-794-8195; fax is 516-794-1046. The Division office serving Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Putnam Counties is located at 120 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605. Their telephone number is 914-997-9521; fax is 914-997-8780.

New York's Business Permit Assistance Unit provides individualized, comprehensive assistance in identifying and obtaining the business licenses New York requires for opening and expanding your business. The OPAL website houses a comprehensive database of New York State permit information. OPAL allows users to access information on approximately 1200 business permits and identifies the permit requirements for over 400 different business models/types. Users can apply online for 50 different permits, pay required fees by credit card, and view the status of their application online.

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.

The New York State Restaurant Association [NYSRA] is a non-for-profit trade association working to promote, represent and educate the food service industy of New York State. NYSRA acts an an industry liaison with regulatory agencies that govern the commercial food service industry. NYSRA also acts as the "legislative watchdog" and is the official voice of the food service industry.

This mission positions NYSRA to promote the hospitality profession, while serving and representing its members and their customers through advocacy, innovation, and education.

 

The NYS Trade Adjustment Assistance Center sponsored by the US Department of Commerce - assists NY State manufacturers respond to import competition. The Center partners with manufacturers, offering a 50-50 cost-sharing of projects designed to improve a firm's overall competitiveness. The Center's funds are directly applied to the costs of professional consultants, engineers, and other outside service providers hired on behalf of the firm to develop and implement action improvement programs. NY area manufacturers - NY City, Long Island, Westchester - may contact Gary Youmans at 212-921-1662 or at gyoumans@nystaac.org.

NYU SCPS offers a broad range of courses and certificate programs in such areas as financial managment, accounting, marketing, and human resources-for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Nonprofit Finance Fund, a federally certified CDFI, is a leader in helping nonprofits strengthen their financial health and improve their capacity to serve their communities. NFF helps nonprofits and social enterprises build and renovate facilities; expand operations; fund growth needs; and sustain operations over time. NFF serves nonprofits and their funders, offering an integrated package of financial and advisory services including facilities and working capital loans and lines of credit; asset-building programs; intensive workshops; Nonprofit Business Analyses; and other consultations. NFF Capital Partners helps nonprofits attract equity-like growth capital.

501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations purchasing, developing, renovating or equipping facilities for their own use can access triple tax-exempt financing and mortgage recording tax reductions. Pooled bond structures to reduce costs are also available.

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