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Small Business Services Directory
Use the search fields below to find hundreds of organizations in New York City that can provide you with help in starting or running your small business. Included in this searchable database are programs which offer business advice, loans, grants, location assistance, and a wide range of other services for small businesses throughout the city — often at no cost or for a low fee.
The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council [The Council™] links certified minority suppliers with Council member (comprised of buying entities from corporations, government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations) through a database of these suppliers and networking events to showcase their products and services. It also offers seminars for minority-owned firms on various business topics and training for corporations on supplier diversity initiatives and promoting the business case for inclusion. The certification and annual re-certification (renewal) is on a sliding scale, from $225.00 - $1,000.00 based on gross revenues for initial certification and $225.00 - $725.00 annually for renewals. The Council is an affiliate of The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC).
NYBA is the leading advocate for advancing the success of the biotechnology industry in New York State and is its main representative to policy makers, the media and the communities in which we work. Our mission is to support the development and growth of New York
New York Building Congress [NYBC] is a private association that promotes a common agenda among the design, construction, and real estate industry of New York. New York's building community includes contractors, architects, engineers, unions, real estate managers, developers, and owners. NYBC focuses on economic and infrastructure investment, job creation, and professional exchange.
NYBDC and ESCDC offers both conventional as well as SBA-backed loans from $50,000 to $5,500,000 to small businesses located anywhere within the State. Loan proceeds can be used for partnership buy-outs, real estate acquisition, working capital, inventory, etc. The term of the loan is from 3 to 20 years and the interest is fixed or variable, depending on the circumstances. Three years of personal and business financials, two years of projections [three years of projections for a start-up], a solid business plan, and personal guarantees are required. The application fees range from $250 to $1,500 depending on the size of the loan.
A public-private loan guaranty program that enables banks and community development credit unions to make loans to small and medium-sized businesses that fall below the criteria for conventional bank loans. Loans may have a minimum amount of $250,000 and may be used for working capital, real estate acquisitions, machinery and equipment, and physical improvements to real estate.
Additional phone numbers: 212-312-4216 or
toll-free: 888-NYC-0100, or the EDC Operator: 212-619-5000
Contact the Department of Buildings [DOB] to learn about issues affecting your property. To look up your property's Certificate of Occupancy status, visit the DOB website listed above. At the website you can find information about Certificate of Occupancy requirements, how to remove violations, and when you need a permit and how to get one. Log on to http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/faq.html for a direct link to Frequently Asked Questions or to
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/pdf/infoviol.pdf for a direct link to Resolving Violations. The DOB may also be reached by dialing 311.
If your business needs a Public Assembly permit (required if your place of business holds 75 or more people), Certificate of Occupancy, or if you are planning to engage in renovations, call or visit the DOB office where your business is located. The Bronx DOB's TTY number is 718-579-6903.
If your business needs a Public Assembly permit (required if your place of business holds 75 or more people), Certificate of Occupancy, or if you are planning to engage in renovations, call or visit the DOB office in the borough where your business is located. Customer service can be reached at 718-802-3675. The Brooklyn DOB's TTY number is 718-802-4330.
The NYC Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of over 950,000 buildings and properties by enforcing the City's Building Code, Electrical Code, Zoning Resolution, New York State Labor Law and New York State Multiple Dwelling Law. Our main activities include performing plan examinations, issuing construction permits, inspecting properties, and licensing trades. We also issue Certificates of Occupancy and Place of Assembly permits.
Anyone who intends to demolish, alter, build an addition or erect a new structure must obtain a building permit from the Department to ensure that the resulting house, loft, apartment, office, garage, house of worship or any other residential, commercial or industrial structure complies with all applicable laws. Fees are based on the size of the structure for new buildings/enlargements or, for alteration or demolition work, the estimated cost of the project.
If your business needs a Public Assembly permit (required if your place of business holds 75 or more people), Certificate of Occupancy, or if you are planning to engage in renovations, call or visit the DOB office where your business is located. The Staten Island DOB's TTY number is 718-816-2315.