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Small Business Services Directory
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.
This program is designed to increase the number of qualified small firms receiving construction and construction-related contracts from the City. Construction firms are required to utilize Locally-Based Enterprise [LBE] companies when they are awarded City prime contracts and will be using sub-contractors. Small construction and construction-related firms are eligible for certification if their average gross receipts do not exceed $2 million. Participating firms are entitled to preference in sub-contracting with general contractors doing business on City projects and are guaranteed 30-day quick payment on City projects. A directory of LBE firms is made available to contracting agencies and to prime contractors. Call 212-618-8782 for applications for certification.
The Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise Program [M/WBE] is designed to ensure the equitable participation of bona fide minority and woman-owned businesses in the New York City procurement process. The M/BWE Program affords certified M/WBE's the opportunity to receive a share of the total dollars spent annually by the City in the procurement of goods, services, and construction. All certified firms will be listed in the City's official Directory of Certified Minority- and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises. Firms must be certified and be at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by a minority and/or a woman, operating for one year, and located in New York City and participating surrounding counties. Firms must also be located in New York City or have a significant tie to New York City's business community.
Additional contact: TTY 212-618-6306
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.
The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) links certified minority suppliers with corporations through a database of these suppliers and events to showcase their products and services. It also offers seminars for minority-owned firms on marketing, management and other business issues and, for financing needs, refers them to the Business Consortium Fund. The initial certification rate is $200.00. The annual renewal, upon completion of certification, is $175.00. Application, payment of fee, and site visit are required prior to certification. Council-certified suppliers of the local Council are included in the National Minority Supplier Development Council Database.