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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 Queens Air Services Development Office (ASDO), a nonprofit organization, helps Queens businesses procure contracts with the aviation industry at both JFK and LaGuardia Airports. It maintains a computerized vendor directory and sponsors networking events bringing together the aviation industry, government agencies and prime contractors to meet with Queens vendors and service suppliers. It also co-sponsors workshops and seminars with other organizations and technical service providers on topics of interest to small businesses. ASDO is funded by the Port Authority of NY and NJ and administered by the Aviation Development Council. All services are free of charge. Additional telephone number 718-244-6880.
This office supports economic development throughout the borough through a variety of programs and initiatives. To assist businesses with location planning, it provides data on neighborhoods in the borough. Information on economic incentive programs is also available. The office assists business in dealing with government agencies and provides referrals to specialized services.
The Small Business Center is collection of over 1,400 circulating and reference books that cover the many categories of business start-ups. The collection's books range from general small business start-up information for all types of businesses to specific categories like starting a gift basket business or restaurant. These books have call numbers that start with [SBC] and are located in the small business center area.
The Queens Library Small Business Resource Center, located in the Far Rockaway branch has a collection of books, CD-ROM's, business periodicals, 11 personal computers with Internet access, 3 laser printers, access to online business databases, free scanner use, and wireless internet access for public use to develop entrepreneurial projects and small businesses. There is a librarian to assist the public.
The Queens Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit business assistance membership organization. It offers networking events, forums with government officials, educational workshops and services, and a health insurance plan for small businesses. Visit the Chamber’s website for more detailed information about their resources and services.
Queens College offers a variety of courses for small businesses. These include: How to Start a Business, Legal Aspects of Running a Business, Contracts and Grants, and Quickbooks Pro 2001. Several business certificates are awarded: Business Development, Office Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Professional. There is a fee for each course.
Partnerships and individuals/sole proprietorships doing business under a name other than their own need a Doing Business As (DBA) Business Certificate. File a Business Certificate form with the Count Clerk's Office in the borough where your business is located. The Queens County Clerk has a new computer indexing system for business records.
The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) is to create and retain jobs through programming that stabilizes neighborhoods, assists small businesses and promotes tourism and business development. The Queens EDC is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a board of directors representing the many community and business sectors. It is a focal point for economic development efforts in a Borough that encompasses 2.3 million people from every corner of the world. The Business Services division provides one-on-one advisory services, specialized workshops and training courses on business planning and home improvement contractor licensing. Additional programs include: The Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition, The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program,, The Queens Women's Business Center, The Marketing Accelerator Program, and the Home Improvement Contractor Training course.
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.
The Refugee Microenterprise Development Program helps eligible refugees and asylum-seekers start and expand small businesses throughout New York City. The program is designed for individuals with special immigration status, including eligible refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as Cuban and Haitian entrants, eligible Ameriasians from Vietnam, and lawful permanent residents who have previously held one of these statuses. These program offer short- and long-term entrepreneurial training, one-on-one business counseling, matched savings accounts and access to micro-loans of up to $25,000. Services are delivered by culturally appropriate staff in the languages of the communities served. For more information about the BOC's Refugee Programs, contact: BOC Network, Inc., 718-624-9115 (Spanish, French) or Queens BOC 718-205-3773 (Spanish, Russian, Tibetan).