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.
Moore Street Market is one of Brooklyn’s oldest indoor markets serving East Williamsburg and the surrounding neighborhoods for close to 70 years. Formerly managed by the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation the 15,000 square foot Market in the Graham Avenue shopping district is one of four markets around the City administered by the NYCEDC. The Market offers events throughout the year such as seminars for small businesses, cooking classes, and holiday celebrations. Moore Street Market provides a nurturing environment that facilitates small business growth, and the creation and retention of job opportunities. Visit the Market’s website for a Market Merchant application form.
The National Association of Women Business Owners of New York City (NAWBO-NYC)
NEXCO is an international trade association that sponsors monthly seminars and webinars that provide pertinent and timely information to importers, exporters, freight forwarders, bankers, attorneys, accountants, and any other professional engaged in global trade. NEXCO members have interests in insurance, international banking, freight forwarding, trade law, customs brokerage, trade software and e-commerce. They are large and small, American, foreign and multinational.
NMBC is a networking and referral organization for small women- and minority-owned businesses. It is dedicated to providing business assistance, educational opportunities, seminars, purchasing exchanges, mentoring, business listings, and related services to businesses throughout the tri-sate area and across the nation. Members are listed in a directory that is sent to corporate and government purchasing agents. NMBC also offers general technical assistance and networking events to its members. Annual membership is $375. NMBC is currently offering on a quarterly basis an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp specifically designed for individuals transitioning from employee to entrepreneur and for new entrepreneurs who have been in business less than two (2) years. For further information on the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp and to fill an Application Form for participation, please visit the NMBC Web site: www.nmbc.org.
The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) provides free legal assistance to low- to moderate-income microentrepreneurs who are starting up or expanding a small business in NYC. NELP offers free legal assistance on issues such as determining the best legal structure and corporate formation, drafting and reviewing business contacts, negotiating commercial leases, and obtaining intellectual property protections including trademarks, copyrights and patents. If you are a microentrepreneur or community-based organization, contact NELP at 212-382-6633 for eligibility requirements.
The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council (The Council) links certified minority suppliers with corporations through a database of these suppliers and events to showcase their products and services. It also offers seminars for minority-owned firms on marketing, management and other business issues and, for financing needs, refers them to the Business Consortium Fund. The initial certification rate is $200.00. The annual renewal, upon completion of certification, is $175.00. Application, payment of fee, and site visit are required prior to certification. Council-certified suppliers of the local Council are included in the National Minority Supplier Development Council Database.
NYBA is the leading advocate for advancing the success of the biotechnology industry in New York State and is its main representative to policy makers, the media and the communities in which we work. Our mission is to support the development and growth of New York
The New York Building Congress is committed to promoting the growth and success of the construction industry in the New York City metropolitan area. It provides a unique forum to advance an industry-wide agenda focusing on economic and infrastructure invest ment, job creation, and professional exchange.
Almost six decades ago New York's banks recognized the need for an alternate resource for NYS small businesses and joined together to create New York Business Development Corporation ("NYBDC"). From the beginning, NYBDC has been a bank crafted and funded alternative when conventional bank financing is not available...124 banks hold membership in NYBDC and provide the leveraged capital necessary to support a more expansive approach to credit. The NYBDC alternative is not separate or independent of its member banks instead represents our bank members' commitment to serve small businesses — both directly through their own product offerings and indirectly through their support of NYBDC. As an alternate lender, NYBDC routinely makes loans to start-up and early stage companies, challenging industries, and in cases where repayment is based on projections. We combine traditional underwriting with careful structure and maximum use of technical assistance providers and loss mitigation measures such as U.S. Small Business Administration loan guarantees.