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.

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The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) offers one-on-one assistance and training to help businesses in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Rockland, Suffolk, and Nassau counties that are interested in local, state, and federal government contracting.  Services include: introduction to government contracting, certifications and contracting assistance programs, doing business with General Services Administration, navigating the System for Award Management (SAM), contract accounting, responding to RFPs/Proposal Writing,  and many more. 

Located at the SoBRO Center in the South Bronx, SoBro's Procurement technical assistance center provides a wide range of assistance - free of charge to businesses through one-on-one counseling sessions, classes, seminars and matchmaking  events. The PTAC helps local businesses find opportunities to bid on government contracting work, and provides assistance throughout the process. PTAC clients represent a diverse set of sectors and include architectural firms, construction and building trade companies, manufacturing, food industry information technology, and financial services businesses.

Professional Women In Construction (PWC)is a non-profit member association for entrepreneurs, professionals and managers (women & men) and companies and public agencies engaged in construction and allied industries. Mission: to advance the status of business and professional women in a male-dominated industry and educate the public regarding women's achievements. The organization offers business networking events, a newsletter, trade show & recruitment fair, referrals, workshops in trends of the industry and certification information for woman and minority-owned firms. Contact the association for information about chapers (NY, NJ, CT, DC) calendar of events and membership fees.

Qualitas of Life is a non-profit organization that provides financial education to Hispanic immigrant families in New York. Qualitas of Life facilitates immigrants' access to financial literacy programs and financial services. Qualitas' financial education workshops began in 2007 and they have expanded to teach workshops in community centers in all five boroughs of New York City and beyond.

The New York District Office is responsible for the delivery of SBA's many programs and services in New York City, Long Island and the downstate counties of Duchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

Services Available

Over the years, the SBA has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses. The following describes briefly all the services and information available through this office:

  • Financial assistance for new or existing businesses through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders. Working through over 130 local lenders, borrowers can obtain SBA guarantees on their loans. For more information, call (212) 264-1763.

  • Free counseling, advice and information on starting, better operating or expanding a small business through the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Women's Business Centers (WBC). They also conduct training events throughout the district - some require a nominal registration fee.

  • Assistance to businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals through the Business Development Program. For additional information contact our Business Development Staff at (212) 264-4322 or can also email Clyde Martin(link sends e-mail), (212) 264.5276.

  • A Women's Business Ownership Representative is available to assist women business owners. Please contact Clyde Martin at (212) 264-5276 or email Clyde Martin(link sends e-mail).

  • Special loan programs are available for businesses involved in international trade. We make special effort to provide programs to women, minorities, veterans and businesses involved in international trade. For additional information on these special emphasis areas, call Ed Ekel, NY Regional Manager Office of International Trade, (212) 809-2645 or email Ed Ekel(link sends e-mail)

  • A Veterans Affairs Officer is available to assist veterans. Please contact Peter Fehnel (631) 464-0762, or email Peter Fehnel(link sends e-mail)

The Lab provides a space to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem that is the South Bronx. It is the first fully subsidized free business lab in the Bronx and is home to booksellers, artists, art and tourism organizations, restaurateurs, and more.

The Lab is part of the Third Avenue Business Improvement District's anti-displacement programs and seeks to build a stronger partnership among South Bronx businesses for organizing and collaboration.
 

The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) is contracted by the NYC Department of Small Business Services to provide the following FREE services to Manufacturing, Construction, Transportation, Wholesale, Utility or Film Production businesses in The Bronx:

 

1.Financing assistance: loan packaging and connecting companies to the right lender

2.Recruiting and training employees: connecting companies to resources that cut the cost of hiring and training new/old employees

3.Incentives: connecting companies to tax credits and other incentives  that they may be eligible for

4.Navigating government: helping companies navigate their way through varies government and utility agencies (i.e. assist with Con Edison, licenses and permits, info on labor laws, etc)

5.Workshops: providing companies with workshops on various topics such as selling to government and social media

6.Legal Assistance: connecting companies to pro bono lawyers

7.Real Estate Assistance: companies that wish to relocate can be connected to real estate brokers

8.    Selling to Government: Assisting companies become vendors to various government agencies

9.    Advocacy: relaying any issues that companies are facing to the City and advocate on their behalf

Independent, local level small and high-risk minority and/or women-owned businesses are eligible to apply for small, low cost loans via the Springboard Mini-Loan Fund. The loans are available for small businesses located in Community Boards 1,2,3,4,7,8,11 or 12 and can be applied for at the BOEDC office. Start-up and existing minority and women-owned businesses are eligible. Loans can be used for working capital, acquisition of machinery and equipment, revolving lines of credit, seasonal inventory and accounts receivable. For additional information contact Rome Birkett.

Start Small’s mission is to empower New York City’s most underserved individuals to start, maintain, and grow small businesses in order to accumulate assets, increase personal financial security, and contribute to the economy. Start Small provides access to a variety of resources for entrepreneurs and immigrants: small business financing, small business legal counseling, small business planning and operations, accounting and bookkeeping, tax, marketing and public relations, human resources, and government certification and contracting.

Loans $20,000 to $500,000 are available to small businesses and women and minority-owned businesses that have transportation-related contracts with New York State Department of Transportation. Loans are made for short-term working capital for labor and materials, and funds are payable monthly, as cash flow dictates. Eligible borrowers are businesses that have been awarded contracts, but have not yet begun work and those who have begun work not more than 30 days prior to the loan closing.

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