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Small Business Services Directory
The Corporation has a number of economic development programs focusing on employment solutions; commercial revitalization, commercial leasing and rentals, financial and business education; and youth employment and education.
Bensonhurst Business Club [BBC] is a place where the small businesses of the Brooklyn Russian American Community can come to improve their business skills, raise their concerns, obtain advice and networking with other businessmen. The Club encourages inter-trading and provides numerous opportunities for individual members to promote their own business services and products. The Bensonhurst Business Club uses the experience, expertise and commitment of successful business people as mentors to support and navigate start up businesses. The BBC also collaborates with the HFLS (Hebrew Free Loan Society) in the operation of their joint Bensonhurst Business Institute (BBI) and microenterprise lending programs. Services are available in Russian and in Hebrew.
BO$$ is a microloan program that makes funds available to start-ups and existing businesses in northern Manhattan and the western Bronx with fewer than ten employees, and annual sales of less than $500,000. BO$$ focuses on helping micro-entrepreneurs with limited education, English language, and business expertise. BO$$ Micro Loans range from $400 to $50,000, with an interest rate currently at 9.0% annually. BO$$ also offers one-on-one business counseling, business plan review, and referrals. For more information about BO$$ programs and services, contact them at the above address and telephone number.
This program assists small, minority, or women-owned construction firms in obtaining surety bonds and working capital for construction contracts. The program also provides individualized counseling, training, and technical assistance in the areas of starting a new business, joint ventures, business planning and development, estimating, and bonding. New York City construction businesses with annual gross receipts within the last three tax years averaging $500K or less, or a heavy construction business with annual gross receipts within the last three tax years averaging $1.5M or less are eligible. The Program may also be reached at 212-513-6382.
The Business Resources and Investments Service Center (BRISC) offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified entrepreneurs in Upper Manhattan: $50,000 to $250,000 loan size; Competitive fixed rate; Maximum seven (7) year maturity; and No job creation requirement.
In addition, BRISC's technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops, seminars and access to a large
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 Bronx Council provides a variety of economic development and community services.
Partnerships and individuals/sole proprietorships doing business under a name other than their own need a Doing Business As (DBA) Business Certificate. File a Business Certificate form with the County Clerk's Office in the borough where your business is located. For information on how to obtain a Business Certificate in the County of the Bronx, go to: http://bronxcountyclerksoffice.com/en/notary/business.htm
The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), the administrator of the Bronx Empowerment Zone (EZ), offers two loan programs for qualified Bronx Empowerment Zone companies. Both programs offer loans at a very low interest rate and long terms in return for the borrowers commitment to hire Bronx Empowerment Zone residents. The Business Assistance Initiative (BAI) can generally lend up to $1 million to finance up to half of a project's cost. The EZ Loan Fund can finance up to 80% of a project's cost up to loans of $200,000.
The BIEE initiative consists of three separate partnership funds: The Bronx Partnership for Electric Transportation, the Bronx Partnership for Environmental Benefit, and the Bronx Partnership for Residential and Commercial Energy Efficiency and New Technology. The goal of the initiative is to demonstrate pathways to a greener Bronx. For-profit companies, non-profit organizations and housing corporations operating in the Bronx are eligible to apply for BIEE funds. BIEE funds can be used for: Implementation of energy-efficient measures, including electric/alternative fuel machinery and equipment; Boiler retrofit; New technology to reduce air pollution and/or cause energy savings, e.g.: green roofs and other greening measures; Solar technology; Wind technology; and Customized energy surveys.