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 Childcare Business Development Project helps home-based childcare providers develop and enhance their businesses. Needed services and support in reaching economic self-sufficiency are available to childcare providers including: individualized start-up and operations assistance, practical business training, business and marketing planning, free legal assistance, free tax assistance, access to grants and loans and networking opportunities. BOC's 13 week training course is designed to help childcare providers establish successful, high-quality, childcare businesses.
The Business Outreach Center Network (BOC Network) offers free counseling and referrals on all issues involved in starting and growing a business. After an initial intake and analysis of an ongoing or prospective business, counselors develop a needs assessment and work with clients to identify and take advantage of appropriate specialized services, programs, and financing sources. There are BOCs throughout the city with multilingual services. Other BOCs are located in Chinatown, Newark, Queens, Washington Heights, and Staten Island, and Manhattan. Check listings in other boroughs or call the BOC main office at 718-624-9115.
The BOC Women's Business Center (WBC) offers business training, one-on-one counseling and financing resources to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. We offer the following services: One-on-One Counseling, Business start-up/expansion, Access to financing, Business-plan development, Workforce development assistance, Legal assistance, Market research/strategies, Import-export information and assistance, Licensing and permit information Product pricing, Procurement assistance and Minority certification. Call us to set up an appointment with a business counselor at 718-624-9115.
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
The nearly 11,000-square-foot Bronx Business Incubator provides approximately 120 workstations—split between offices, desks, and co-working space for freelancers—targeted to startup businesses and entrepreneurs across industries including new media, technology, biomedicine, healthcare and professional services. Tenants are able to lease space on a month-to-month basis. Incubator services include access to conference rooms, networking events and workshops, individualized needs assessment and business counseling, small business loans through BOC Capital Corp. CDFI, and individualized technology and financing assistance. Tech-oriented workshops and networking events are also available for youth and local entrepreneurs from across the five boroughs.
Program staff at CAMBA assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and expanding a small business. CAMBA Small Business Services (CSBS) promotes economic revitalization by providing services specially tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs in Brooklyn. CSBS offers FREE one-on-one counseling, entrepreneurial training and technical assistance, microloans, and linkages with other business development partners. Loans of up to $15,000 are available for working capital, equipment and leasehold improvements.
Program staff at CAMBA assist Brooklyn entrepreneurs with all aspects of starting and expanding a small business. They are actively lending to small businesses as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and also offer FREE individualized entrepreneurial training, counseling, and referrals. CAMBA EDC makes microloans to start-up and existing small businesses in Brooklyn. The program prioritizes the following zip codes: 11203, 11216, 11230, 11210, 11218, 11233, 11212, 11225, 11238, 11213, and 11226. Small business startups and existing entrepreneurs with limited access to credit located in Brooklyn are invited to apply. CAMBA EDC conducts monthly Loan Information Sessions to assist entrepreneurs in the application process with any question they may have. Since 1999, CEDC has approved more than $600,000 in loans which have created jobs and new investments. Business viability is as more important than credit history. Processing time for the microloan application is generally 6 to 8 weeks.
Through its web site, the Department of Labor offers information and services to both employers and job seekers. Employers can post openings for all levels of employees (laborers to executives), which are then available online to job seekers throughout the country. Job seekers can create and maintain their resume, search and apply for jobs.
The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce [CACCI] is a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic development among Caribbean-American / African-American, and other minority entrepreneurs. CACCI provides business development seminars, technical assistance, referrals, and training programs in how to start, operate, and manage a business. CACCI's Comprehensive Business Resource Center [separately listed and described] provides a variety of business services and programs. CACCI's international programs include trade missions and trade expositions to the Caribbean region, and international roundtable forums.
The Caribbean Trade Center's mission is to develop, promote and sustain trade and investment between New York, the United States, the Caribbean Region and the international community. Services include: Trade missions to the Caribbean Region and other international venues, meeting with key government and business leaders; Acting as a Clearing House for Trade and Investment Opportunities; Business-to-business interface via electronic membership database; Promotion of global e-commerce opportunities via CTC website; and Participation in specialty trade exhibitions, conferences and cultural programs in partnership with Caribbean trade promotion organizations. Convene meetings for Caribbean business executives and government officials visiting the New York region