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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.
SCORE offers free advisory, individual counseling from retired or active business executives on all aspects of starting and running a small business. SCORE regularly offers workshops and seminars on a variety of topics - International Trade, Writing a Business Plan, Strategies for Succeeding in Business, Financing a Small Business, etc. SCORE counselors are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am - 3pm.
SCORE at SIBL provides FREE advisory services to small business managers and entreprenuers (startup, preparing a business plan, applying for a business loan, forming a corporation or partnership), one on one appointments and workshops and seminars at low cost. SCORE Counseling Schedule at SIBL are: Monday 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Tuesday thru Thursday from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday and Saturday 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Please call 212-592-7033 for an appointment. Other SCORE offices are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 212-264-4507.
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, appointment necessary); at Santander Bank, 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
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.