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Accion East 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.

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.

Astoria Restoration Association offers free information and referral services to businesses in Astoria/Long Island City, as well as a free community employment service. Please contact us if you have any job openings.
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.

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.

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 Brooklyn Public Library Business Library has a reference collection of more than 100,000 volumes, a circulating collection of 30,000 books, internet access, electronic resources, 800 magazines and newspapers, and real estate data. The Business Library provides industry and demographic data, investment information, business directories and free electronic resources available remotely with library card, as well as access to the internet computers. It also houses the Small Business Information Center, which includes sample business plans, books on starting and advancing a business, and free counseling with SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. The Library regularly hosts educational programs and Wednesday morning tours at 10:15 AM. Call telephone reference at 718-623-7000 option 3 for information or to be added to the Library's mailing list for educational seminars.
Brooklyn College Continuing Education offers a wide variety of courses 3 semesters a year - Spring, Summer,and Fall. Programs are available to adults and to young persons through the Young Person's Academy . Courses offered include: Accounting/Bookkeeping, Business, College Prep, Computer Technology and many on-line courses, English as a Second Language, Test Prep and College Preparatory courses, Health Care, Day Care, Child Care, Keyboarding skills, Paralegal and legal secretarial courses and Real Estate Certificate Programs. The Continuing Ed program also offers a Renal Dialysis Technician Training Program and GED courses. Course fees vary. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm, Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. For a free course catalog, call 718-951-4141.

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