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Small Business Services Directory
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.
The mission of the Alliance for Downtown New York is to provide service, advocacy, research, and information to advance Lower Manhattan as a global model of a 21st century Central Business District for businesses, residents, and visitors.
Astella Development Corporation assists local merchants; works on community revitalization and economic development projects.
The AALDC is a not-for-profit organization committed to the economic development of the Atlantic Avenue area from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to the Atlantic Avenue Master Plan, the AALDC's recent activities have included implementation of streetscape improvements, outreach to property owners to encourage historic storefront preservation, and advocacy on issues of importance to the retail and residential community.
The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation [BEDC] is a 32 year old private, not-for-profit organization. As a multi-service agency working with government agencies, educational institutions, and the private sector, BEDC offers comprehensive business consulting and economic development services. BEDC offers technical assistance, financial assistance, location assistance, and entrepreneur training programs for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs.
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).
Program staff at CAMBA assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and expanding a small business. They are actively lending to small businesses as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and also offer FREE individualized entrepreneurial training, counseling, and referrals. CAMBA EDC makes microloans to start-up and existing small businesses in Brooklyn. The program prioritizes the following zip codes: 11203, 11216, 11230, 11210, 11218, 11233, 11212, 11225, 11238, 11213, and 11226. Small business startups and existing entrepreneurs with limited access to credit located in Brooklyn are invited to apply. CAMBA EDC conducts monthly Loan Information Sessions to assist entrepreneurs in the application process with any question they may have. Since 1999, CEDC has approved more than $600,000 in loans which have created jobs and new investments. Business viability is as more important than credit history. Processing time for the microloan application is generally 6 to 8 weeks.
The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition [CALDC] works with approximately 1000 retailers and merchants on Steinway Street, Broadway, 30th Avenue, and 36th Avenue. Each of these groups has an active merchants' association and CALDC acts as an umbrella organization to provide technical assistance to each group.
Cypress Hills LDC provides technical assistance to small businesses along Fulton St., Liberty Avenue, and Glenmore Avenue commercial strips from the Queens border to Pennsylvania Avenue.