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Small Business Services Directory

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation {GJDC] supports economic development in the community with a wide range of programs and services. It administers the South Jamaica Empire Zone and the Jamaica Industrial Business Zone [separately described]. GJDC plans public improvements, economic development projects and programs, and works to facilitate development with public and private partners. In addition, GJDC administers several community-based loan funds including the Economic Development Administration Sponsored Loan Fund and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Loan Fund. These loan programs are separately described.

The Jamaica Business Resource Center and Queens/Nassau Suffolk Minority Business Development Center are not-for-profit business consulting and technical assistance organizations. Their primary service areas is New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. A series of training sessions in the fundamentals of business management are also given by JBRC. Services provided include: 1) a Business Information Center with a small business library for business research and planning, and access to MBDA/SBA and other government programs; 2) Business Advisory Group - a staff of business professionals providing guidance and assistance with business plans, loan packages, and other areas of technical assistance; 3) access to banks, revolving loan funds, equity/mezzanine funding and other sources of capital for your business through One Stop Capital Shop; 4) Uniform Minority and Women Business Certification/8A Certification and Contract Procurement assistance for federal, state, local, and private sector contracts. 5) A newly established division in International Trade provides technical assistance to small businesses engaged in exporting; 6) Advice on NYC licenses, permits, and regulations is provided to clients by the New York City Department of Small Business Services.

There are approximately 250 businesses in this one square mile In-Place Industrial Park [IPIP] zoned for light manufacturing. These businesses include food processors, wholesale distributors of goods, fabricated metals, and electric and electronic equipment. The IPIP offers area maintenance and upgrades, free security surveys, and referrals.

This loan program is open to minority and women-owned businesses with sales not exceeding $10 million and located in Southeast Queens. Loans range from $10,000. to $300,000. for working capital and $10,000. to $300,000. for fixed assets. There is a $100 application fee, 1% commitment fee, and closing costs. Telephone: (718) 291-0282 ext. 139.

Under this program businesses in the Jamaica area (zip code beginning with 114...) with sales that do not exceed $10 million are eligible for loans ranging from $10,000 to $300,000 for working capital, equipment, real estate, or purchase of an existing business. The business must have fixed assets as collateral.

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