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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 Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a non-profit member organization, which serves as a primary resource and help for small and mid-size firms doing business in Manhattan. The MCC represents the voice of over 100,000 companies in Manhattan and partners with over 300 diverse business organizations. The Chamber supports the business community through advocating for positive business legislation, hosting 3-4 monthly networking events and seminars, expanding marketing opportunities and international outreach. MCC’s mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan. MCC is also focused on providing opportunities for women and minority business owners, veterans and workforce development.
The New York County Clerk accepts for filing (in Room 109B, in the basement at 60 Centre Street) certificates of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and assumed names for businesses conducting business in New York County. The filing fee is $ 100 cash, and certified copies are an additional $ 10 each. The forms of certificate for sole proprietorship and partnership can be purchased at any commercial or legal stationery store, including the candy shop/newsstand in the lobby of the courthouse at 60 Centre Street.
Searches of business names and records on file can be made in Room 117B in the basement at 60 Centre Street.
If you wish to make a filing for corporate, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, and limited liability corporation status, you can do so only through the Secretary of State in Albany, New York.
Manufacturers of tangible personal property acquiring, developing, renovating or equipping facilities for their own use can access triple tax-exempt bond financing and real estate, mortgage and sales tax reductions.
Each semester Medgar Evers College offers a variety of business courses such as Bookkeeping and Accounting, Non-Profit Management, Real Estate Salesperson, Project Management, Small Business Entrepreneurship, EMT Technician and Pharmacy Tech. We also offer GED Preparation, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, Advanced Photoshop, Introduction to HTML 5, Smart Phone App Workshop, Notary Public, Natural Hair Braiding, TV/FILM Production and more! Course feed range from $70 to $1,190.
Midwood Development's Project Sweep offers commercial and residential cleaning as well as sanitation maintenance for street fairs, commercial strips, and Business Improvement Districts. There is a fee for service. MDC also can provide workers for office maintenance and light clerical work. The MDC may also be reached at 718-859-3011.
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 Minority and Women Revolving Loan Program is a program designed to financially assist small business owners who operate or own businesses in
Crown Heights, or Central Brooklyn. Funded by the New York Empire State Development Corporation, services are available to minority and women
business owners who have existing businesses or are starting new businesses. Loans are available from $2,000 up to $50,000 at an affordable interest rate with reasonable terms.
The Minority and Women Revolving Loan Trust Fund Program makes low-cost financial assistance available to minority and women-owned businesses ["M/WBEs"] that are unable to access traditional financial services. Working capital loans of up to $35,000 and fixed asset loans of up to $50,000 are available. BSRC also provides related technical assistance services to M/WBEs to help these businesses survive and grow. These services include: assistance with completion of loan applications, business plan development, mentorship and peer group programs, and credit union services [where available].
This loan program is open to minority and women-owned businesses with sales not exceeding $10 million and located in Southeast Queens. Loans range from $10,000. to $50,000. for working capital and $10,000. to $50,000. for fixed assets. There is a $100 application fee, 1% commitment fee, and closing costs.
The Opportunity Development Association's Minority Business Center offers individual counseling on financing, marketing, procurement opportunities, and other issues related to business start-up, growth, and expansion. The MBC also provides consultation on the following topics: financial packaging, e-commerce solutions, import/export services, and minority certification.