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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.
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.
DCA enforces the Consumer Protection Law and other related business laws throughout New York City. Ensuring a fair and vibrant marketplace for consumers and businesses, DCA licenses moe than 71,000 businesses in 57 different industries. Through targeted outreach, partnerships with community and trade organizations, and informational materials, DCA educates consumers and businesses alike about their rights and responsibilities. DCA's Office of Financial Empowerment is the first municipal office of its kind in the nation with a mission to educate, empower and protect New Yorkers with low incomes. DCA's OFE administers to a citywide network of Financial Empowerment Centers and other products and services that help these New Yorkers make the best use of their financial resources to move forward economically. DCA's Licensing Center, which administers licensing and permits for the New York City Department of Health, is located at 42 Broadway, 5th floor. DCA's many online services include applying for and renewing licenses, paying fines, learning the laws and regulations, reviewing model contracts, guides and tips for businesses and consumers, FAQs and more. Visit DCA online at nyc.gov/consumers or call 311 to request a license application.
Food stores, restaurants, bakeries, food vendors, pet shops, bathing establishments, businesses with radiation equipment are among the many types of businesses that need licenses and / or permits from The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Applications and information are available at the Department of Consumer Affairs Licensing Center, 42 Broadway, 5th Floor, Manhattan.
The mission of the Department of Business Services is to support the formation, growth, and expansion of the City's small businesses by providing business assistance, fostering neighborhood development, and promoting financial and economic opportunity through government procurement. The Department can help you resolve issues with city agencies, obtain permits and licensing, access financing and incentives, bid on government contracts, hire and train your workforce, and take advantage of the benefits of being in New York City. Additionally, the Department works with communities and organizations in all corners of the City to invigorate City neighborhoods and make them more business friendly. If you are outside of New York City, the Department can be reached at 212-NEW-YORK.
The Crime Prevention Section offers free security surveys for any business located in the five boroughs. The Section also offers free lectures on safety and security.