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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.
Workforce1 Career Centers are a one-stop shop for employers and jobseekers. Services to businesses may include human resources consulting, job-candidate screening and customized training for employees. For jobseekers services include resume and interview preparation, job-search coaching and access to educational and training opportunities. NYC Workforce1 Career Centers are located in all 5 boroughs see separate program listings for additional information.
Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the LaGuardia PTAC provides free procurement technical assistance to enrolled clients who wish to sell their goods and services to the military and other federal, state, and local governments. Bid search and preparation, registration, post award administration, and interpreting acquisition regulation are among the areas in which direct assistance is provided. The PTAC also holds a Business and Procurement Expo in Brooklyn and Queens each year.
The Continuing Education Small Business Management Program presents selected courses in a modular format, permitting students to earn a certificate if desired. Students may select individual courses or complete the certificate program. Contact the Continuing Education Department for additional information on courses and fees. The program may also be reached at 718-960-1159.
The Local Development Corporation of East New York [LDCENY] serves industrial and commercial businesses in the East New York and Brownsville communities. It manages the East Brooklyn Industrial Business Improvement District. Other programs under its management are the the New York State Empire Zones Program, which offers financial incentives to encourage businesses to invest, expand and create more jobs in the EZ, and the Women's Business Center. Services are available in Spanish and English.
This program is designed to increase the number of qualified small firms receiving construction and construction-related contracts from the City. Construction firms are required to utilize Locally-Based Enterprise [LBE] companies when they are awarded City prime contracts and will be using sub-contractors. Small construction and construction-related firms are eligible for certification if their average gross receipts do not exceed $2 million. Participating firms are entitled to preference in sub-contracting with general contractors doing business on City projects and are guaranteed 30-day quick payment on City projects. A directory of LBE firms is made available to contracting agencies and to prime contractors. Call 212-618-8782 for applications for certification.
The LICBDC serves as a conduit to an array of business services, grants and incentives. They work closely with the NYC Business Solutions Centers, the NYC Dept. of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation, and other City and State agencies. The LIC is one of New York City
The Long Island City Business Development Corporation manages the Long Island City Industrial Business Zone, one of sixteen manufacturing zones in the City. The Zones offer industrial firms free, quick and reliable answers to a broad range of business questions including accessing appropriate financial and business assistance programs, navigating and complying with regulatory requirements, developing workforces and ensuring the neighborhood is well maintained.
The Lower East Side People’s Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not for profit financial institution dedicated to meeting the financial services and credit needs of local residents, businesses and community organizations. LES serves a range of communities including individuals who live, work, volunteer, worship, or attend school in Manhattan Community Board 3 (Lower East Side) and Manhattan Community Board 10 (Central Harlem) and residents of New York’s five boroughs who have a household income less than $38,000 per year – see their website for a complete list. Services include small business loans; business and nonprofit bank accounts; business banking services; small business workshops; and technical assistance. LES also assists immigrants in obtaining IRS ITIN tax processing numbers. LES also has a Harlem branch on 125th Street. Services are available in Spanish and in English.
Workforce1 Career Centers are a one-stop shop for employers and jobseekers. Services to businesses may include human resources consulting, job-candidate screening and customized training for employees. For jobseekers services include resume and interview preparation, job-search coaching and access to educational and training opportunities. NYC Workforce1 Career Centers are located in all 5 boroughs. See separate program listings for additional information.
Assists business in location planning, this Office offers statistical information about business activity in the borough. The Borough President's Office also assists businesses in dealing with government agencies, accessing financial incentive programs, and provides referrals. The Borough President's Northern Manhattan Office is located at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10027. The telephone number is 212-531-1609.