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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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Accion provides loans and other support services to businesses throughout New York City's five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey. Loans of $500 - $250,000 are made to individuals or to groups of borrowers at every stage in their business, and can be used for equipment, merchandise, working capital, business expansion and more. All types of businesses are eligible for loans, including home-based ones. Service in Spanish and Russian is available.

AABDC assists U.S. and Chinese businesses to identify and develop trans-national business and marketing opportunities. It organizes trade missions, seminars and workshops, and facilitates in-depth exploration and implementation of cross-border business development strategies and operations in the U.S. and China.

The Corporation has a number of economic development programs focusing on employment solutions; commercial revitalization, commercial leasing and rentals, financial and business education; and youth employment and education.

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.

This program assists small, minority, or women-owned construction firms in obtaining surety bonds and working capital for construction contracts. The program also provides individualized counseling, training, and technical assistance in the areas of starting a new business, joint ventures, business planning and development, estimating, and bonding. New York City construction businesses with annual gross receipts within the last three tax years averaging $500K or less, or a heavy construction business with annual gross receipts within the last three tax years averaging $1.5M or less are eligible. The Program may also be reached at 212-513-6382.

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 Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), the administrator of the Bronx Empowerment Zone (EZ), offers loan programs for qualified Bronx Empowerment Zone companies. Programs offer loans at a very low interest rate and long terms in return for the borrowers commitment to hire Bronx Empowerment Zone residents. The Business Assistance Initiative (BAI) can generally lend up to $1 million to finance up to half of a project's cost. The EZ Loan Fund can finance up to 80% of a project's cost up to loans of $200,000.

The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation [BOEDC] serves as the borough's economic development for the Office of the Bronx Borough President. Want to find out what benefits a Bronx address offers your business? Need assistance finding the right site, recruiting employees or accessing federal, state or city benefits? Looking for a low-cost government loan to help your company grow or assistance in implementing cost-saving, environmentally-friendly projects? Whatever your need or the size of your business, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) can help.

The SBA's Bronx Women's Business Resource Center provides individualized, comprehensive guidance to small business owners and future entrepreneurs. WBRC offers one-on-one technical assistance, business workshops, access to capital, computer training, and long-term entrepreneurial training. WBRC is also part of the Business Outreach Center Network and is one of the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program Center (EAP) in New York State. The EAP consists of 60 hours of intensive entrepreneurship training and over 15 hours of hands-on counseling. Services are offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

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.

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