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Small Business Services Directory
The Hebrew Free Loan Society provides interest-free loans to people struggling to help themselves. Their microenterprise loan programs are designed to help borrowers establish or expand a small business as a path to economic security. The loans target immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and the ultra-Orthodox community. The Hebrew Free Loan Society - with the support of UJA-Federation of New York – participates in the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® NewVenture™ Entrepreneurship Program for eligible Baby Boomers. The Society also offers immigrant retraining loans intended to help immigrants from the former Soviet Union re-enter the middle class by giving them money to pay for high-quality vocational or degree programs to retrain for professional jobs. Services are available in English, Russian and Hebrew.
Since 1988, the Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation (HPEDC) has been under contract with the City of New York to manage the Hunts Point Industrial Park Business Zone. The Hunts Point Industrial Business Zone is home to the largest food distribution center on the east coast. It includes more than 800 businesses and 25,000 employees. HPEDC monitors and coordinates municipal services for the Hunts Point industrial park in partnership with government. HPEDC offers the following services to businesses: area maintenance, ombudsman services, security, real estate assistance, financing, business expansion assistance, waste assessment, and employment services.
The IBZ Department provides financial assistance in the form of loan packaging services to new and existing businesses that are seeking loans. They provide business owners with an understanding of bank lending practices; assist with filling out the loan application, help gather necessary documents; make sure the financial information on the application and documents makes sense; and help submit a complete package of information to potential funding sources.
SoBRO is contracted by the Mayor's Office to oversee and assist industrial/manufacturing businesses with any issue on an as needed basis free of charge. In partnership with NYC Business Solutions Center, NYC Department of Small Business Services SOBRO provides in the following areas- obtainable incentives, real estate opportunities, expansion planning and recruitment. Wholesalers, distributors, warehouses, manufacturers, construction (electrician, restoration, etc), transportation and technology businesses are eligible for the IBZ Program.