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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.
St. Nicks Alliance/Workforce Development is a rapidly growing workforce development arm of St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corporation. St. Nicks Alliance aims to help long-term public assistance recipients land that first job, enable those with some work experience to obtain high demand skills and secure high-wage jobs, and give other neighborhood residents the opportunity to obtain a career through evening programs. Call 718-302-2057, ext 210 for more information.
Start Small’s mission is to empower New York City’s most underserved individuals to start, maintain, and grow small businesses in order to accumulate assets, increase personal financial security, and contribute to the economy. Start Small provides access to a variety of resources for entrepreneurs and immigrants: small business financing, small business legal counseling, small business planning and operations, accounting and bookkeeping, tax, marketing and public relations, human resources, and government certification and contracting.
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.
Since 1993, the SIEDC has served the business community of Staten Island. Our mission is to enchance a thriving Staten Island economy by promoting public and private investment and encouraging the development of commercial and industrial property and projects in an environmentally friendly manner, all of which improve the quality of life and provide broad and diverse employment opportunities. Facebook: www.facebook.com/siedc Twitter: www.twitter.com/siedc YouTube: www.youtube.com/statenislandedc
Workforce1 is a service provided by the NYC Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City. Services are provided to individuals aged 18 and over in all five boroughs of New York City. In 2011 Expansion Centers opened in Manhattan's financial district and on the South Shore of Staten Island. The Expansion Centers are an opportunity for career candidates to access specialized employment opportunities with mid-wage salaries. Membership services are available to all jobseekers. Available services include workshops, training grants, and individual career counseling and recruitment events. Individuals interested in membership can apply online, or come into the Career Center.
The Subcontractors Trade Association promotes and protects the interests of subcontractors. The Association conducts regularly scheduled membership meetings and seminars.
The Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator is the first City-sponsored, privately operated incubator, created to bring entrepreneurs to the South Bronx. It offers world-class technology, security and a wide array of business services designed to nurture startups and give them the tools they need to succeed. These include; modular/flexible workspaces; mentoring and consulting services; high-speed internet wireless/ethernet access; and group meeting/conference rooms. Sunshine is a joint venture between the New York City Economic Development Corp., Sunshine Suites and Sunshine’s strategic partners from government, business and academic institutions. Sunshine Bronx’s operating hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed weekends and all national holidays. Hours are subject to change for special events and community needs. Two companion incubators – Sunshine Noho and Sunchine TriBeCa West – are located in Manhattan.
The Support Center offers consulting, transition management and training services designed to increase the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector. Visit the Center's website for more detail on their consulting and coaching services; executive transition management services; their training and professional development schedule of workshops and seminars; and their special services for Grantmakers.
The Pratt Center's NYIRN project provides business development services to NYC manufacturers, including: real estate and incentive program referrals, marketing assistance, sourcing services, educational programming energy efficiency grants and more. The Pratt Center works for a more just, equitable, and sustainable city for all New Yorkers by empowering manuafacturing stakeholdes through open and inclusive decision-making that brings together labor, community, business and government to address economic policy issues, develop programs, and deliver services.
Loans $20,000 to $500,000 are available to small businesses and women and minority-owned businesses that have transportation-related contracts with New York State Department of Transportation. Loans are made for short-term working capital for labor and materials, and funds are payable monthly, as cash flow dictates. Eligible borrowers are businesses that have been awarded contracts, but have not yet begun work and those who have begun work not more than 30 days prior to the loan closing.