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Small Business Services Directory
A program of the West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation and a member of the Business Outreach Center network, with offices throughout the City, offers free counseling and referrals. After an initial intake and analysis of an ongoing or prospective business, counselors develop a needs assessment and work with clients to identify and take full advantage of appropriate specialized services, programs and financing sources. BOC counselors also provide essential follow-up and look for early warnings of problems, particularly in utilizing loans. Note: Other BOCs are located in Brooklyn, Chinatown, Upper Manhattan, and Corona Queens. Check listings in other boroughs or call the main office at 718-624-9115. Also offers free computer/internet seminars & networking, 3rd Wednesday evenings (S.I. Web Group).
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.
The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project provides free legal assistance to low income microentrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business or who have an existing business. Free legal assistance is offered relating to business structure - partnership, sole proprietorship, LLP; reviewing & negotiating commercial leases; protecting trademarks & copyrights; preparing sales & service contracts; employment law matters; reviewing loan documents; and obtaining required NYC, NY State and Federal licenses and registrations. If you are a microentrepreneur or a community-based organization, contact the Project for eligibility requirements.