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Small Business Services Directory
The New York State Empire Zone program was created in 1986 to help qualified companies reduce their cost of doing business. North Brooklyn was designated as an Empire Zone in 1998, and recently expanded in 2006 to include parts of Williamsburg and Greenpoint. As an Empire Zone certified business, firms are eligible to claim various credits against their New York State Tax liability. These credits are tied to employment and investment, and are available to industrial and manufacturing businesses located within the zone boundaries. There is a certification process which includes an application, review by a local Zone Administrative Board, and a state review to ensure each application is accurate and each business meets the State
EWVIDCO serves industrial businesses located in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick. It offers general business development assistance; real estate, financing; ombudsman services; and employment job training and placement services through its affiliate Williamsburg Works. EWVIDCO manages the NYC North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone and the Greenpoint-Williamsburg Industrial Business Zones, Williamsburg Valley In-Place Industrial Park, listed separately, and the NYS North Brooklyn / Brooklyn Navy Yard Empire Zone.
The St. Nicholas Alliance Brooklyn Business Center Has business counselors who help you by providing mentoring, direction, and links to resources and funding. You can schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with our small business professionals; participate in the Business Plan Boot Camp, a 20-class intensive for entrepreneurs and small business owners that targets is focused start-ups and businesses under 5 years old; and participate in webinars that are specifially designed for entrepreneurs or small business owners in North Brooklyn and the five boroughs.
St. Nicks Alliance/Workforce Development is a rapidly growing workforce development arm of St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation. St. Nicks Alliance aims to help long-term public assistance recipients land that first job, enable those with some work experience to obtain high demand skills and secure high-wage jobs, and give other neighborhood residents the opportunity to obtain a career through evening programs. Call 718-302-2057, ext 210 for more information.