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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.
Women's Business Resource Center provides instrumental information, training, individual counseling and opportunities for women interested in starting or expanding their business. The center provides assistance and/or training in finance, management, marketing, procurement and the Internet as well as addressing specialized topics such as home-based businesses, corporate executive downsizing and welfare-to-work. The SBA's Bronx Women
The SBA's Bronx Women's Business Resource Center provides individualized, comprehensive guidance to small business owners and future entrepreneurs. The mission of the HPEDC/Women's Business Resource Center is to empower people by assisting them to become economically independent through self-employment. The services are offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. We seek to assist women and minorities who own or aspire to own a business in or around the Bronx, to gain the tools, resources, and confidence to succeed in their entrepreneurial ventures. WBRC offers one-on-one technical assistance, business workshops, access to capital, computer training, and long-term entrepreneurial training. WBRC is also part of the Business Outreach Center Network with offices in all 5 boroughs and Newark, NJ, and is one of the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program Center (EAP) in New York State. Sponsored by the Empire State Development Corporation, the EAP consists of 60 hours of intensive entrepreneurship training and over 15 hours of hands-on counseling. The WBRC is sponsored in part by SBA, Empire State Development, BOC Network and HPEDC. SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
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 Brooklyn Army Terminal [BAT]/NY City Biosciences Initiative is in the process of developing near term space for research, laboratory and bio-manufacturing uses. Located along the Brooklyn waterfront - at 140 58th Street and 1st Avenue in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn - with easy access to Manhattan, Phase I at BAT will be anchored by several academic research and commercial bioscience operations. Phase I is the conversion of 300,000 square feet for research and bio-manufacturing space. Further expansion space exists at the 4.0 million square foot complex. Current tenants include clinical testing laboratories. BAT is located within an Empire Zone which provides certain as-of-right tax benefits.
This Office offers statistical information about business activity in the borough. It also provides assistance to businesses for location planning. It also assists businesses in dealing with government agencies, and accessing city, state, and federal financial incentive programs. Referrals to appropriate agencies are provided. They can also be reached at 718-802-3877.
The Brooklyn Public Library Business Library has a reference collection of more than 100,000 volumes, a circulating collection of 30,000 books, internet access, electronic resources, 800 magazines and newspapers, and real estate data. The Business Library provides industry and demographic data, investment information, business directories and free electronic resources available remotely with library card, as well as access to the internet computers. It also houses the Small Business Information Center, which includes sample business plans, books on starting and advancing a business, and free counseling with SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. The Library regularly hosts educational programs and Wednesday morning tours at 10:15 AM. Call telephone reference at 718-623-7000 option 3 for information or to be added to the Library's mailing list for educational seminars.
The Brooklyn Chamber is a non-profit business assistance membership organization. It offers networking events, forums with government officials, educational workshops and services, and a health insurance plan for small businesses. Members can participate in the organization's activities by joining committees. Visit www.ibrooklyn.com for more information.
Brooklyn College Continuing Education offers a wide variety of courses 3 semesters a year - Spring, Summer,and Fall. Programs are available to adults and to young persons through the Young Person's Academy . Courses offered include: Accounting/Bookkeeping, Business, College Prep, Computer Technology and many on-line courses, English as a Second Language, Test Prep and College Preparatory courses, Health Care, Day Care, Child Care, Keyboarding skills, Paralegal and legal secretarial courses and Real Estate Certificate Programs. The Continuing Ed program also offers a Renal Dialysis Technician Training Program and GED courses. Course fees vary. Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm, Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. For a free course catalog, call 718-951-4141.
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 Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation [BEDC] is a 32 year old private, not-for-profit organization. As a multi-service agency working with government agencies, educational institutions, and the private sector, BEDC offers comprehensive business consulting and economic development services. BEDC offers technical assistance, financial assistance, location assistance, and entrepreneur training programs for start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs.