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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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Since 1989, ADC has addressed the complex, interconnected challenges facing the Harlem community through effective implementation of its mission to: Increase the availability of quality housing to people of diverse incomes; Enhance the delivery of social services, particularly to the homeless, elderly, families and children; Foster economic revitalization; Enhance educational and developmental opportunities for youth; and Build community capacity through civic engagement.

BO$$ is a microloan program that makes funds available to start-ups and existing businesses in northern Manhattan and the western Bronx with fewer than ten employees, and annual sales of less than $500,000. BO$$ focuses on helping micro-entrepreneurs with limited education, English language, and business expertise. BO$$ Micro Loans range from $400 to $50,000, with an interest rate currently at 9.0% annually. BO$$ also offers one-on-one business counseling, business plan review, and referrals. For more information about BO$$ programs and services, contact them at the address below.

The Business Resources and Investments Service Center (BRISC) offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified entrepreneurs in Upper Manhattan: $50,000 to $250,000 loan size; Competitive fixed rate; Maximum seven (7) year maturity; and No job creation requirement. In addition, BRISC's technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops, seminars and access to a large

The Business Information Center [BIC] provides the latest high-tech hardware, software, and telecommunications to help start-up and expanding businesses. The BIC offers a variety of counseling services and training opportunities. Access is available to a range of print and electronic resources [including the Internet]. The Center also offers workshops and seminars on small business topics, and access to a large

Affiliated with the Business Outreach Center [BOC] Network  the Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation [WHIDC] operates the Upper Manhattan Business Outreach [BOC] offering a variety of services to small business owners and entrepreneurs. These services include one-on-one business counseling, business legal services, direct loans of up to $50,000, business training and technical assistance referral, and business plan / financial statement review. For a complete list of programs and services, call the Center or visit www.whidc.org.

Supported by the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Business Resources and Investments Service Center (BRISC) offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified entrepreneurs in Upper Manhattan. $50,000 to $250,000 loan size; Competitive fixed rate; Maximum seven year maturity; and No job creation requirement. BRISC technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops, seminars and access to a large

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.

The Harlem U. S. Export Assistance Center [USEAC]- serving Upper Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens - is staffed with experienced, professional trade experts who can assist you in exporting your products/services by providing comprehensive counseling and advice, through timely and accurate intelligence regarding foreign markets, by identifying qualified international buyers and representatives, by advocating on your behalf, and by providing comprehensive solutions to whatever challenges that you may encounter.

NYC Business Solutions is a suite of services offered by the New York City Department of Small Business Services. We can help your business start, operate, and expand in New York City. Our services are provided at no cost regardless of the size or stage of your business.

Since beginning operations in 1996, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZDC) has helped to revitalize economic life in neighborhoods North of 96th Street including Harlem, East Harlem, and Washington Heights/Inwood. UMEZ's mission is to sustain the economic revitalization of all the communities of Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments and small business assistance. UMEZ's Business Resources and Investment Services Center (BRISC) offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified entrepreneurs in Upper Manhattan. UMEZ's technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops and seminars, and access to loans.

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