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Renaissance Economic Development Corporation [REDC] provides direct financing and technical assistance services to all the boroughs of New York City, with an emphasis in Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Flushing, Queens and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and other low-income immigrant neighborhoods in New York City. REDC offers Small Business Loans ranging from $5,000-$100,000. REDC focuses on small and start-up businesses owned by immigrants, minorities or women; that demonstrate significant potential to create jobs for lower-income individuals or minorities; or that lack access to conventional sources of capital. REDC also offers a program where volunteering professionals offer free legal assistance and financial counseling to clients. Contact REDC or visit their website for additional information about their programs and services.

The RITE Center is a free job training and placement program for job seekers and employers alike. In addition to providing hard skill vocational training programs for job seekers, the RITE Center is a viable resource for small business owners. The RITE Center seeks to forge partnerships, to find employmen that works for the individual, and to ensure the right candidate for the employer. The RITE Center works closely with job seekers to make only the strongest referrals to employers and to small business owners.

Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation is the administrator of the NYS Empire Zone Program for the Rockaway peninsula. The Empire Zone Program enables RDRC to offer qualified businesses a package of economic incentives and utility discounts that support the local community

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 by experienced retired and active executives on all aspects of starting and running a small business. In addition, seminars and workshops are offered regularly on a variety of topics including How To Start A Business,International Trade, Business Plans, and How To Get Financing. The Bronx office is open Thursdays ONLY, 10:AM - 4:00PM. Note: Check hours for SCORE offices in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx under their separate listings.
SCORE offers free individual counseling by experienced retired and active executives on all aspects of starting and running a small business. In addition, seminars and workshops are offered regularly on a variety of topics including How To Start A Business,International Trade, Business Plans, and How To Get Financing. The Brooklyn office is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Call for specific hours. Note: Check hours for SCORE offices in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx under their separate listings.
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 at SIBL provides FREE advisory services to small business managers and entreprenuers (startup, preparing a business plan, applying for a business loan, forming a corporation or partnership), one on one appointments and workshops and seminars at low cost. SCORE Counseling Schedule at SIBL are: Monday 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Tuesday thru Thursday from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday and Saturday 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Please call 212-592-7033 for an appointment. Other SCORE offices are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 212-264-4507.

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].

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