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Small Business Services Directory
The Refugee Microenterprise Development Program helps eligible refugees and asylum-seekers start and expand small businesses throughout New York City. The program is designed for individuals with special immigration status, including eligible refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as Cuban and Haitian entrants, eligible Ameriasians from Vietnam, and lawful permanent residents who have previously held one of these statuses. The program offers short- and long-term entrepreneurial training, one-on-one business counseling, and access to micro-loans of up to $25,000. Services are delivered by culturally appropriate staff in the languages of the communities served. For more information about the Refugee Microenterprise Program, contact: BOC Network, Inc., 718-624-9115 (Spanish, French), Queens BOC 718-205-3773 (Spanish, Russian)or South Brooklyn BOC, 718-253-5262 (Russian).
Partnerships and individuals/sole proprietorships doing business under a name other than their own need a Doing Business As (DBA) Business Certificate. File a Business Certificate form with the Count Clerk's Office in the borough where your business is located.
SIBL uses advanced technology to provide businesses with up-to-date information. Visitors to the Library can use its computers to access online business databases and the internet. Wired and wireless internet access is available. SIBL's Electronic Information Center offers hands-on, instructional classes on using the Library's licensed databases. SIBL maintains a full schedule of evening seminars and workshops on business topics. SIBL also sponsors an annual Business Plan Competition. Information about this competition is available at SIBL's Small Business home page. SIBL houses a SCORE office whose experienced business executives offer free advice on how to start and run a small business. Call 212-592-7033 to make an appointment. Note: There are other SCORE offices throughout the City. Search the Services Locator for additional locations in the 5 boroughs.
SCORE offers free individual counseling from experienced retired executives on all aspects of starting and running a small business. In addition, seminars and owrkshops are offered regularly on a variety of topics including "How to Start a Business" and "How to Get Financing." SCORE Chapter 476 has three Staten Island locations: at the Chamber of Commerce on 130 Bay Street (open Wednesdays from 9am-12pm, appointment necessary); at Santander Bank, 1550 Richmond Road (open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm, no appointment necessary); and at the St. George Library, NY Public Library at 5 Central Avenue, 718-442-8560 on Saturday mornings.