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 Division of Adult and Continuing Education offers a wide variety of non-credit educational, business and professional programs for adults, families and the community in New York City. The Division’s comprehensive business and financial services are boosting the local economy by strengthening existing businesses and helping new entrepreneurs to successfully launch their companies. The Division also fosters career and workforce development in the area by providing extensive employment services, vocational training and career and professional programs to all residents through their Workforce1 Career Center and other initiatives.
Our mission is to assist businesses located in Queens to market their goods and services to the Federal State and local governments. We strive to simplify the steps necessary to successfully sell to the government. The center offers procurement technical assistance and training workshops to meet the needs of any size business, including Minority Owned Small Business, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business/Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB/VOSB) and Women Owned Small Businesses throughout the Queens region.
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.
The Locally-Based Business Enterprise (LBE) Certification Program works to ensure that firms, regardless of the gender or ethnicity of the owner, doing business in economically deprived areas of the City or employing economically disadvantaged persons, receive no less than 10% of subcontracting opportunities on construction and construction-related contracts directly awarded by the City to contractors. Companies that become certified obtain greater access to and information about contracting opportunities, receive technical assistance to better compete for those opportunities, and benefit from inclusion in the City’s Online Directory of Certified Businesses. The program also provides certified firms access to opportunities to participate in educational workshops, networking events, and an invitation to SBS’ Annual Procurement Fair.
SBS also welcomes all companies, regardless of LBE status, to learn more about government procurement processes through our Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The PTAC assists businesses by providing guidance and direction on government vendor enrollment systems, identifying appropriate small business certifications, finding the right contracting opportunities, and responding to government contracting opportunities.
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.
Long Island City Partnership’s [LIC] mission is to advocate for economic development that benefits Long Island City’s industrial, commercial, cultural, and residential sectors. The goal is to attract new businesses to LIC, retain those already here, welcome new residents and visitors, and promote a vibrant and authentic mixed-use community. The LIC Partnership operates the Long Island City Business Improvement District (LICBID) and the LIC Industrial Business Zone, and hosts educational, networking, and community events.
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 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.