- My NYPL
Tools and Services
- Using the Library
I am a...
- Classes & Events
- Support the Library
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.
SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Business, is a not-for-profit volunteer association of business people who provide free confidential business consulting. A SCORE counselor will help you define your needs and evaluate your options. They will meet you at any SCORE office in the five boroughs. Counseling may take one to several sessions; but you will have someone to assist you with business problems. SCORE also regularly offers seminars and workshops on a variety of topics including How To Start A Small Business; International Trade; Business Plans; and How To Get Financing. SCORE's main office is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10am-2pm; Tuesday & Thursday 9am-4pm. No appointment is necessary. Note: There are other SCORE offices throughout the city. Check listings under Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island. and the Bronx. Hours vary from office to office ; call the main office for additional information, or check the listings for other SCORE locations in the Programs Locator database.
SCORE provides FREE advisory and counseling services to small business owners and entrepreneurs planning to start a business or currently running or growing an existing business – preparing a business plan, financing options, management issues. One-to one counseling is available on an appointment basis onsite, by email, and via Skype. Call 212-592-7033 to make an appointment. SCORE has an active Mentoring program and a regular schedule of low cost workshops and seminars. SCORE is a member of the New York City Veteran’s Business Alliance and provides advisory services for veterans planning to start a business or who are running an existing business. SCORE’s service hours at SIBL are Monday 11-5, Tuesday-Thursday 11-7, and Friday-Saturday 11-3. Other SCORE offices are located in the five boroughs. Call 212-264-4507 for information about those locations.
SCORE offers free individual counseling from experienced retired executives on all aspects of starting and running a small business. In addition, seminars and owrkshops are offered regularly on a variety of topics including "How to Start a Business" and "How to Get Financing." SCORE Chapter 476 has three Staten Island locations: at the Chamber of Commerce on 130 Bay Street (open Wednesdays from 9am-12pm, no appointment necessary); at SI Bank & Trust, 1550 Richmond Road (open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm, no appointment necessary); and at the St. George Library, NY Public Library at 5 Central Avenue, 718-442-8560 on Saturday mornings.
The New York District Office is responsible for the delivery of the SBA's many programs and services to 14 counties in downstate New York. A Long Island Branch Office is located at 350 Motor Pkwy, Suite 109 in Hauppauge [631-454-0750].
The LaGuardia CC Small Business Development Center offers free one-to-one counseling to business owners and to entrepreneurs. Clients learn to understand the importance of a business plan; discover funding sources; prepare for e-commerce; identify opportunities for exporting goods and services; develop marketing plans; assess an invention's viability; and comply with licensing and regulation requirements. The Center sponsors regularly scheduled workshops and seminars. Services are available on an appointment basis. Contact the Center at the above telephone number or visit their website and fill out an electronic appointment form. Services are available 9-5 Monday-Friday. Note: there are other SBDC's in the metropolitan area. Check the Services Locator for Centers in other boroughs.
The Baruch SBDC offers free one-on-one counseling and training on all aspects of starting and operating a business. Together with the Field Center for Entrepreneurship within which it is located, certified business counselors and Baruch business school professors provide assistance with a wide range of business challenges. These challenges include the creation of a focused business plan, selecting funding alternatives, understanding financial statements, developing marketing plans, planning an on-line business, and complying with licensing and regulatory requirements. MBA students can provide technical assistance. Note: There are other SBDCs within NYCs five boroughs.
If you or your business are in New York, the SBDC can maneuver you around obstacles to success. Among other things, the SBDC helps clients: understand the importance of a business plan; discover sources of funding; prepare for e-commerce; identify avenues for exporting goods & services; develop marketing plans; assess an invention viability.
This SBDC offers free individualized counseling, specializing in start-ups and expansions. Services include assistance with business plans, marketing plans, financial planning and loan packaging. Also offered are topical workshops on a variety of business related issues, including marketing, franchising and exporting. Note: There are other SBDCs throughout the City. Information for this SBDC and others can be found at WWW.NYSSBDC.ORG.
The SBDC offers free one-on-one counseling to business owners and entrepreneurs. Services include: financial analysis, loan evaluation and packaging, management analysis, business plan development and export assistance. Business seminars and workshops are offered regularly. The Lehman College SBDC can also be reached at 718-960-8806. Call for additional information. Note: There are other SBDCs throughout the City. Check listings in other boroughs.