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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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Since its founding in 1980 the Harlem Business Alliance has been a force of advocacy for the development and empowerment of Harlem's small business community. HBA offers a free one-on-one counseling services to aspiring entrepreneurs maneuvering through the start-up phase as well as to established small business owners. Our hands-on technical assistance provides guidance in developing business and marketing plans; helping to connect clients with financing alternatives, and assisting with various aspects of starting and operating a successful business. Through cutting edge small business workshops and forums, HBA provides opportunities to enhance skills in such areas as business management, information technology and marketing strategy development. We also afford networking opportunities to participants for linking resources and sharing knowledge.

At the forefront of recognizing the need to provide deeper levels of support to local entrepreneurs, HBA built out the 1,700 square foot Creative Workspace where they could consult with subject matter experts and/or rent space in its co-working environment. Creative Workspace features state of the art technology and Verizon FiOS.

The Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC is a community revolving loan fund program designed to increase the availability of small business capital loans to enhance small business expansion and help increase jobs in small business enterprises based in the Harlem community. HEF offers three major services to small businesses in the Harlem and Bronx  communities: 1) Loans up to a maximum of $25,000, 2) Consulting Services and 3) Technical assistance. HEF helps businesses develop business plans, analyzes cash flow projections, and assists with strategic planning. HEF, also partners with other programs at Harlem Commonwealth Council, Financial Institutions and other Micro-lenders to provide financial services and financial literacy seminars to individuals and businesses. Telephone: (212) 749-0900 ext. 122.

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.

Primarily serving the Jewish Community, the Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS) fosters economic self-sufficiency and economic security among New Yorkers in need through interest-free lending. HFLS offers a number of targeted loan programs for training and business purposes, and also runs entrepreneurship/small business training courses:

Loan Programs

  • Microenterprise Loans help borrowers in New City's ultra-Orthodox community establish or expand small businesses as a path to economic security.
  • Immigrant Retraining and Vocational Loans help immigrants from the former Soviet Union and re-enter the middle class by providing them with funds to pay for high-quality vocational or degree programs to retrain for professional jobs.
  • Orthodox Retraining and Vocational Loans offer borrowers in New York City's ultra-Orthodox community funds to attend high-quality vocational or degree courses to retrain for professional jobs.

​Training Programs

  • Basic Business Training courses provide ultra-Orthodox men and women with the skills required to successfully launch and run a small business.
  • Encore Entrepreneurs, a basic business training course using the Kauffman Foundation's fastTrac NewVentrue Entrepreneurship Program, is designed for former professionals and managers age 50+ who are unemployed or underemployed. Support for this program is provided by UJA-Federation of New York. 

​Services are available in English, Russian, Hebrew, and Yiddish.

Since 1988, the Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation (HPEDC) has been under contract with the City of New York to manage the Hunts Point  Industrial Park Business Zone. The Hunts Point Industrial Business Zone is home to the largest food distribution center on the east coast. It includes more than 800 businesses and 25,000 employees. HPEDC monitors and coordinates municipal services for the Hunts Point industrial park in partnership with government. HPEDC offers the following services to businesses: area maintenance, ombudsman services, security, real estate assistance, financing, business expansion assistance, waste assessment, and employment services.

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.

The IBZ Department provides financial assistance in the form of loan packaging services to new and existing businesses that are seeking loans. They provide business owners with an understanding of bank lending practices; assist with filling out the loan application, help gather necessary documents; make sure the financial information on the application and documents makes sense; and help submit a complete package of information to potential funding sources.

The Industrial and Commercial Abatement Program [ICAP] provides abatements for real property taxes for varying periods up to 25 years. Eligible industrial and commercial buildings must be built, modernized, expanded, or otherwise physically improved.

SoBRO is contracted by the Mayor's Office to oversee and assist industrial/manufacturing businesses with any issue on an as needed basis free of charge. In partnership with NYC Business Solutions Center, NYC Department of Small Business Services SOBRO provides in the following areas- obtainable incentives, real estate opportunities, expansion planning and recruitment. Wholesalers, distributors, warehouses, manufacturers, construction  (electrician, restoration, etc), transportation and technology businesses are eligible for the IBZ Program.

SoBro offers assistance to 5 Industrial Business Zones. They consist of the following Hunts Point, Zerega, Bathgate, Eastchester and Port Morris. We provide technical assistance to businesses in these zones including financing, navigating government, training, recruitment, and access to incentives.