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Small Business Services Directory
The Bronx Chamber of Commerce was established to strengthen the economic viability and improve the quality of life for the Bronx. They play an active, significant role in the economic development of the borough, and formed many initiatives and partnerships that have made strides in the crucial fields of education, employment, and health.
The Brooklyn (Kings County) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (BHCC) main focuses are (but not limited to): their Business Incubator Program, which assists aspiring entrepreneurs in getting started by providing extensive and thorough education to those who wish to become small business owners; processing loans as Technical Assistance Providers for the US Small Business Administration (SBA); assisting with Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) certification as an affiliate for the NYC Department of Small Business Services and hosting Educational/Networking seminars for new/ existing business owners. Services are available in English and in Spanish.
Business First is your one-stop shop for all of the statewide economic development programs New York has to offer. It is a business-focused portal to the wealth of incentives, programs and resources available to companies – large and small – within New York State and to those that choose to relocate here. The site is administered by Empire State Development, but dozens of other agencies are represented. State financial incentives and technical expertise can be found here – searchable by type of assistance, industry, size of business, MWBE status, and more
The BOC Women's Business Center (WBC) offers business training, one-on-one counseling and financing resources to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. We offer the following services: One-on-One Counseling, Business start-up/expansion, Access to financing, Business-plan development, Workforce development assistance, Legal assistance, Market research/strategies, Import-export information and assistance, Licensing and permit information Product pricing, Procurement assistance and Minority certification. Call us to set up an appointment with a business counselor at 718-624-9115.
The Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development performs three major functions: encourage and assist state agencies that are engaged in contracting activities to award a fair share of state contracts to MWBEs; review applications by businesses seeking certification as an MWBE and maintain a directory of certified MWBEs; and promote the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to agencies and MWBEs.
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
The Office of Government and General Contracting's mission is to help enhance the effectiveness of small business programs by working with Government Contracting and Business Development (GC/BD) program offices and others to develop policies, regulations, and statutory changes. GCBD helps small businesses achieve success by providing information and procurement assistance. It administers a number of programs that focus on specific business needs: SBIR/STTR Technology; Goaling; Tech-Net; and Sub-Net.
The Harlem Business Alliance has developed cohesive public/private partnerships to assist existing and emerging businesses, community residents, and youth.The organization serves as an advocate for the preservation and retention of Harlem's business community. HBA sponsors a number of programs and events. Among them: the 125th St. Pilot Retail Incentive Program, the HBA Business Plan Competition, a free Legal Advice Program, and the HBA Merchant Loan Program. One-to-One business counseling services are also available.
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.
Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the LaGuardia PTAC provides free procurement technical assistance to enrolled clients who wish to sell their goods and services to the military and other federal, state, and local governments. Bid search and preparation, registration, post award administration, and interpreting acquisition regulation are among the areas in which direct assistance is provided. The PTAC also holds a Business and Procurement Expo in Brooklyn and Queens each year.