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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.

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Established in 1995, CREDIT Inc., a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), offers three major services to small businesses in the South Bronx: 1) Loans that range from $100 to $15,000 from an in-house fund; 2) Loan packaging services for businesses that require loans greater than $15,000; and 3) Technical assistance. CREDIT Inc. helps businesses develop business plans, offers marketing assistance, prepares and analyzes cash flow projections, and assists with strategic planning. CREDIT Inc. also partners with other SoBRO programs to provide financial services and financial literacy seminars to individuals and businesses.

Cypress Hills LDC provides technical assistance to small businesses along Fulton St., Liberty Avenue, and Glenmore Avenue commercial strips from the Queens border to Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development performs three major functions: encourage and assist state agencies that are engaged in contracting activities to award a fair share of state contracts to MWBEs; review applications by businesses seeking certification as an MWBE and maintain a directory of certified MWBEs; and promote the business development of MWBEs through education and outreach to agencies and MWBEs.

Empire State Development's Division of Small Business directs a wide array of programs and initiatives to support entrepreneurs in the development, growth, and success of their small businesses. The site also includes the New York State Directory for Small Business Programs. The directory is an important tool designed to help improve awareness and accessibility to valuable information on the New York State's resources for small businesses.

donateNYC helps New Yorkers give goods, find coods, and do good, with tools that make it easy to donate or find used goods.

By donating and reusing goods instead of discarding them, New Yorkers can greatly reduce waste, conserve energy and resources, save money, and help provide jobs and human services for New Yorkers in need. donateNYC is an essential part of NYC's 0x30 initiative, helping New Yorkers reach the goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030.

donateNYC also provides vital support for New York City's reuse community, helping nonprofit organizations and local reuse businesses increase and promote their reuse efforts.

Residents can use donateNYC to give or find second-hand goods; businesses and nonprofits can exchange used goods; and local reuse organizations can join the donateNYC Partnership.

The Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) is a comprehensive hands-on business training course targeted to new and existing business owners and is specifically designed to minimize the risk and maximizing the potential success of starting or expanding a business. 

Among the topics covered: writing a compelling business plan; conducting industry and market research; how to legally structure your business; and how to structure financial statements.  The EAP Center provides a range of resources and services. Visit the EAP website for more detailed information.

The EAP Center provides a wide range of resources and services. Visit the EAP website for more detailed information.

The East Brooklyn Business Improvement District (EBBID) is a 40-block area in East New York, Brooklyn that is bordered by Powell Street to the West, Atlantic Avenue to the North, Pennsylvania Avenue to the East, and Sutter Avenue to the South.

The objectives of the EBBID are to enhance the business environment of the 40 block area and bolster local economic activity. The EBBID is constantly striving to make the area a safe, attractive, and vibrant place in which to live and do business.

In addition to standard Empire Zone [EZ] benefits, businesses in this zone receive additional security and maintenance services and human resources development assistance. The zone covers zip codes 11207 and 11208 and borders 11212, 11233 and 11239.

Southwest Brooklyn IDC's current programs are focused business development in Sunset Park, Red Hook, and Gowanus. We administer the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Business Zones (IBZ) and the Southwest Brooklyn Empire Zone. For businesses in these areas and those wishing to locate to Southwest Brooklyn it provides free technical and real estate assistance, referrals, an employment service, and an ombudsman program connecting businesses with government agencies and services.

Developers of commercial, industrial or retail facilities, as well as other types of facilities within the areas of Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx designated as the Empowerment Zone, can access triple tax-exempt bond financing. Reductions in mortgage recording and sales taxes may also be available. Borrowers must, among other requirements, commit to employ Empowerment Zone residents to be eligible for the program.

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