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 New York State Business Wizard — formerly New York State Online Permit Assistance and licensing [OPAL] - is a comprehensive website identifying and detailing how to obtain the business licenses New York requires for opening and expanding your business. The Business Wizard houses a comprehensive database of New York State Permits and Licensing information. Customers can apply online for the different permits and/or licenses, pay required fees by credit card, and view the satus of their application online. For Inquiries Please call our call center at (518) 453-8130 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. exception of state observed holidays.
The New York State Department of Labor / Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions provides convenient "one-stop shopping" for employment-related needs for individuals and businesses in the five boroughs and in the Hudson Valley. They offer a variety of career and employment resources and services for individuals, veterans, and businesses.
The primary mission of the New York State Department of Public Service is to ensure affordable, safe, secure, and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water services for New York State's residential and business consumers, while protecting the natural enviromnet. The Department also seeks to stimulate effective competitive markets that benefit New York consumers through strategic investments, as well as product and service innovations.
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This office- serving the five boroughs - provides information on laws protecting employees, such as hours, wages, overtime, etc.. The Division office serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties is located at 400 Oak Street, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11530. Their telephone number is 516-794-8195; fax is 516-794-1046. The Division office serving Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Putnam Counties is located at 120 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605. Their telephone number is 914-997-9521; fax is 914-997-8780. Additional number 1-888-469-7365
A wide range of technical assistance and advisory services are provided to New York State employers at no charge.
You must obtain a NYS Sales Tax Certificate of Authority/Sales Tax ID Number if your business sells taxable goods or is engaged in resale. In most cases, this certificate must be posted in your place of business.
The State Liquor Authority issues licenses for beer and alcohol sales.The Authority's main office is located at 80 S. Swan St., Suite 900, Albany, NY 12210. The Harlem office serves the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester. License and permit forms are available at the Department's website. If you have questions concerning how to obtain a license or permit, please call (518) 474-3114 and select option 1 or send an email to: Licensing.Information@sla.ny.gov.
The New York State Restaurant Association [NYSRA] is a non-for-profit trade association working to promote, represent and educate the food service industy of New York State. NYSRA acts an an industry liaison with regulatory agencies that govern the commercial food service industry. NYSRA also acts as the "legislative watchdog" and is the official voice of the food service industry.
This mission positions NYSRA to promote the hospitality profession, while serving and representing its members and their customers through advocacy, innovation, and education.
The NYS Trade Adjustment Assistance Center sponsored by the US Department of Commerce - assists NY State manufacturers respond to import competition. The Center partners with manufacturers, offering a 50-50 cost-sharing of projects designed to improve a firm's overall competitiveness. The Center's funds are directly applied to the costs of professional consultants, engineers, and other outside service providers hired on behalf of the firm to develop and implement action improvement programs. NY area manufacturers - NY City, Long Island, Westchester - may contact Gary Youmans at 212-921-1662 or at email@example.com.
The New York Women’s Chamber of Commerce (NYWCC) is a not for profit organization dedicated to assisting women, minorities and other disadvantaged individuals achieve success and economic independence through business, micro-enterprise ownership and self-employment. If you are an existing or start up business the experienced team at the Chamber’s NY Women and MinorityBusinessDevelopmentCenter and Microenterprise Institute can assist you successfully start, manage and grow your business to the next level. Assistance is provided through one-on-one individualized business counseling, and educational business programs. Services are available in Spanish and in English.