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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.

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.

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
The Business Information Center [BIC] provides the latest high-tech hardware, software, and telecommunications to help start-up and expanding businesses. The BIC offers a variety of counseling services and training opportunities. Access is available to a range of print and electronic resources [including the Internet]. The Center also offers workshops and seminars on small business topics, and access to a large
Supported by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the U.S. Small Business Administration, 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 year maturity; and No job creation requirement. BRISC 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
H.E.L.P. provides Harlem residents with the financial tools they need to improve their wealth by increasing their financial knowledge, achieving homeownership, and starting or expanding a business. The Entrepreneurship component enhances the understanding of entrepreneurs and small business owners in areas such as marketing, finance, and management. H.E.L.P. also provides resources for networking, for locating state and federal assistance, for legal resources, and for grant money. Additional telephone: HELP Program, 646-442-6545.
The Harlem U. S. Export Assistance Center [USEAC]- serving Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens - is staffed with experienced, professional trade experts who can assist you in exporting your products/services by providing comprehensive counseling and advice, through timely and accurate intelligence regarding foreign markets, by identifying qualified international buyers and representatives, by advocating on your behalf, and by providing comprehensive solutions to whatever challenges that you may encounter.
NYC Business Solutions is a suite of services offered by the New York City Department of Small Business Services. We can help your business start, operate, and expand in New York City. Our services are provided at no cost regardless of the size or stage of your business.
Since beginning operations in 1996, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZDC) has helped to revitalize economic life in neighborhoods North of 96th Street including Harlem, East Harlem, and Washington Heights/Inwood. UMEZ

Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation is a local development corporation that offers business development counseling, technical assistance and referral services through its Entrepreneurial Assistance Center, as well as loans through its BO$$ program (separately described). Services provided in Spanish and English.

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