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Small Business Services Directory
Since 1989, ADC has addressed the complex, interconnected challenges facing the Harlem community through effective implementation of its mission to: Increase the availability of quality housing to people of diverse incomes; Enhance the delivery of social services, particularly to the homeless, elderly, families and children; Foster economic revitalization; Enhance educational and developmental opportunities for youth; and Build community capacity through civic engagement.
ACCION USA provides loans and other support services to businesses throughout New York City's five boroughs, Long Island,Westchester and New Jersey. Loans of $500 - $50,000 are made to individuals or to groups of borrowers at every stage in their business, and can be used for equipment, merchandise, working capital, business expansion and more. All types of businesses are eligible for loans, including home-based ones. Service in Spanish is available.
The mission of the Alliance for Downtown New York is to be the principal organization that provides Lower Manhattan's historic financial district with a premiere physical and economic environment, advocates for businesses and commerical property owners and promotes the area as a world-class destination for companies, workers, residents and vistors.
The Downton Alliance manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District (BID), serving an area roughly from City Hall to the Battery, from the East River to West Street.
AABDC assists U.S. and Chinese businesses to identify and develop trans-national business and marketing opportunities. It organizes trade missions, seminars and workshops, and facilitates in-depth exploration and implementation of cross-border business development strategies and operations in the U.S. and China.
AWIB is a membership organization offering networking events, as well as conferences and seminars on skills building, business development and a variety of industry-specific topics. Annual membership fees for business owners/entrepreneurs begin at $125.
Part of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, Audubon is a modern, six-story facility housing 50,000 square foot of laboratory and office space. The only biotechnology business incubator in the City, Audubon supplies the structure and organization to facilitate developments in biotechnology that will ensure improved health care, while contributing to economic growth through the creation of private sector research collaborations and the generation of new biomedically related business. Audubon is designed to house early stage, private research and development companies in the Life Sciences industry.
The Division of Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) at Baruch College offers professional certificates, seminars, courses, and training in a variety of areas. Programs of interest to small businesses would include: accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, management, marketing, professional office skills, business communications, certified financial planning, personal development, finance and project management (PMI). Business related courses are held in the evening and vary in length from one day to several weeks. In addition, CAPS offers courses in English as a Second Language for academic, professional, and social purposes. The Academic Intensive English Program, which is I-20 eligible, provides 20 hours per week of instruction during the day. Business ESL and GMAT test preparation courses are also available during the daytime, evening, and Saturdays. Modern language courses for business, travel, and cultural purposes are given on week nights and Saturdays.
BO$$ is a microloan program that makes funds available to start-ups and existing businesses in northern Manhattan and the western Bronx with fewer than ten employees, and annual sales of less than $500,000. BO$$ focuses on helping micro-entrepreneurs with limited education, English language, and business expertise. BO$$ Micro Loans range from $400 to $50,000, with an interest rate currently at 9.0% annually. BO$$ also offers one-on-one business counseling, business plan review, and referrals. For more information about BO$$ programs and services, contact them at the above address and telephone number.
This program assists small, minority, or women-owned construction firms in obtaining surety bonds and working capital for construction contracts. The program also provides individualized counseling, training, and technical assistance in the areas of starting a new business, joint ventures, business planning and development, estimating, and bonding. New York City construction businesses with annual gross receipts within the last three tax years averaging $500K or less, or a heavy construction business with annual gross receipts within the last three tax years averaging $1.5M or less are eligible. The Program may also be reached at 212-513-6382.
The Business Resources and Investments Service Center (BRISC) offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified entrepreneurs in Upper Manhattan: $50,000 to $250,000 loan size; Competitive fixed rate; Maximum seven (7) year maturity; and No job creation requirement.
In addition, BRISC's technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops, seminars and access to a large