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The Small Business Center is collection of over 1,400 circulating and reference books that cover the many categories of business start-ups. The collection's books range from general small business start-up information for all types of businesses to specific categories like starting a gift basket business or restaurant. These books have call numbers that start with [SBC] and are located in the small business center area.
Far Rockaway Small Business Resource Center, located in the Far Rockaway branch has a collection of books, CD-ROMS, periodicals, 10 computers with business software, and 5 laser printers for public use to develop entrepreneurial and small businesses. There is a librarian to assist the public.

Queens College offers a variety of courses for small businesses. These include: How to Start a Business, Legal Aspects of Running a Business, Contracts and Grants, and Quickbooks Pro 2001. Several business certificates are awarded: Business Development, Office Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Professional. There is a fee for each course.

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.

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, Counselors to America's Small Business, is a not-for-profit volunteer association of business people who provide free confidential business consulting. A SCORE counselor will help you define your needs and evaluate your options. They will meet you at any SCORE office in the five boroughs. Counseling may take one to several sessions; but you will have someone to assist you with business problems. SCORE also regularly offers seminars and workshops on a variety of topics including How To Start A Small Business; International Trade; Business Plans; and How To Get Financing. SCORE's main office is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10am-2pm; Tuesday & Thursday 9am-4pm. No appointment is necessary. Note: There are other SCORE offices throughout the city. Check listings under Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island. and the Bronx. Hours vary from office to office ; call the main office for additional information, or check the listings for other SCORE locations in the Programs Locator database.

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.

The New York District Office is responsible for the delivery of the SBA's many programs and services to 14 counties in downstate New York. A Long Island Branch Office is located at 350 Motor Pkwy, Suite 109 in Hauppauge [631-454-0750].