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Prospect Capital Corporation is a publicly traded private equity firm based in New York City. Having elected to operate as a Business Development Company, Prospect manages a portfolio of $750 million and targets investments of between $5 million to $50 million in North American small and mid-sized businesses. Prospect originally concentrated on energy investments, but has in recent years broaden its portfolio, a diversification reflected in the 2007 renaming of the company from Prospect Energy to Prospect Capital. The company specializes in mezzanine debt and non-control debt financing for management teams and financial sponsors and additionally makes selective control acquisitions by providing multiple levels of the capital structure. While energy remains a focus, Prospect

The Queens Air Services Development Office (ASDO), a nonprofit organization, helps Queens businesses procure contracts with the aviation industry at both JFK and LaGuardia Airports. It maintains a computerized vendor directory and sponsors networking events bringing together the aviation industry, government agencies and prime contractors to meet with Queens vendors and service suppliers. ASDO is funded by the Port Authority of NY and NJ and their airline partners  and administered by the Aviation Development Council. All services are free of charge.

This office supports economic development throughout the borough through a variety of programs and initiatives. To assist businesses with location planning, it provides data on neighborhoods in the borough. Information on economic incentive programs is also available. The office assists business in dealing with government agencies and provides referrals to specialized services.

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.

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. The Queens County Clerk has a new computer indexing system for business records.

The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) is to create and retain jobs through programming that stabilizes neighborhoods, assists small businesses and promotes tourism and business development.

The Queens EDC is a non profit corporation governed by a board of directors representing the many community and business sectors. It is a focal point for economic development efforts in a Borough that encompasses 2.3 million people from every corner of the world.

Since 1977 the QEDC has worked with scores of neighborhoods to revitalize their commercial districts by the creation of business organizations and the establishment of business improvement districts. The Entreprenurial Assistance Program (EAP) and the Women

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 Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation is a 501(c)(3) corporation that provides professional business advisory services through a collaboration with the New York state Economic Development Corporation. Established in 2013, the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation Small Business Development Center is able to assist business clients with access to capital to: start-up a business; business acquisitions; 504 real estate loans; franchises; purchase inventory, machinery, equipment, furniture or fixtures; construction loans; and refinancing existing debt. We also provide business management consulting services for existing and start-up businesses for: business acquisitions and sales: financial analysis; loan packaging; and business planning.

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