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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.
Program staff at CAMBA assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and expanding a small business. They are actively lending to small businesses as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and also offer FREE individualized entrepreneurial training, counseling, and referrals. CAMBA EDC makes microloans to start-up and existing small businesses in Brooklyn. The program prioritizes the following zip codes: 11203, 11216, 11230, 11210, 11218, 11233, 11212, 11225, 11238, 11213, and 11226. Small business startups and existing entrepreneurs with limited access to credit located in Brooklyn are invited to apply. CAMBA EDC conducts monthly Loan Information Sessions to assist entrepreneurs in the application process with any question they may have. Since 1999, CEDC has approved more than $600,000 in loans which have created jobs and new investments. Business viability is as more important than credit history. Processing time for the microloan application is generally 6 to 8 weeks.
The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce
[CACCI] is a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic development among Caribbean-American / African-American, and other minority entrepreneurs. CACCI provides business development seminars, technical assistance, referrals, and training programs in how to start, operate, and manage a business. CACCI's Comprehensive Business Resource Center [separately listed and described] provides a variety of business services and programs. CACCI's international programs include trade missions and trade expositions to the Caribbean region, and international roundtable forums.
The Caribbean Trade Center's mission is to develop, promote and sustain trade and investment between New York, the United States, the Caribbean Region and the international community. Services include: Trade missions to the Caribbean Region and other international venues, meeting with key government and business leaders; Acting as a Clearing House for Trade and Investment Opportunities; Business-to-business interface via electronic membership database; Promotion of global e-commerce opportunities via CTC website; and Participation in specialty trade exhibitions, conferences and cultural programs in partnership with Caribbean trade promotion organizations.
Convene meetings for Caribbean business executives and government officials visiting the New York region
The Central Astoria Local Development Coalition [CALDC] works with approximately 1000 retailers and merchants on Steinway Street, Broadway, 30th Avenue, and 36th Avenue. Each of these groups has an active merchants' association and CALDC acts as an umbrella organization to provide technical assistance to each group.
The Community Action Center assists city residents, including businesses, that are having problems with city agencies on issues such as sanitation, water bills, vendor payments, the public pensions systems, and claims against the city. The Center will intervene only if the consumer has first attempted to interact with the agency and has been unsuccessful. Complaints can be made in writing. Phone calls and walk-ins are accepted during normal business hours. If you are outside New York City, the Center can be reached at 1-800-800-6385.
CPSBPD provides on-site training and on-campus training to businesses and corporations on a contractual basis. Rates are less expensive than commercial firms.
Through this program owners or developers of manufacturing facilities may finance the acquisition of buildings and equipment, renovation and construction.
Cypress Hills LDC provides technical assistance to small businesses along Fulton St., Liberty Avenue, and Glenmore Avenue commercial strips from the Queens border to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Through its web site, the Department of Labor offers information and services to both employers and job seekers. Employers can post openings for all levels of employees (laborers to executives), which are then available online to job seekers throughout the country. Job seekers can create and maintain their resume, search and apply for jobs, and set up Job Scouts.